Auto Shanghai 2019 is just two days away but the highlight of the show has already been revealed – the all-electric I.D. ROOMZZ Concept. This is Volkwagen’s Chinese market-targeted SUV and Tesla Model X rival which rides on the same electric MEB platform as other members of VW’s ID family (the reborn Microbus and a re-imagined Meyers Manx buggy) and the actual production version is estimated to be around by 2021. Why is it specifically for the Chinese market? Well, that is because China is currently the largest market for zero-emission vehicles in the world.
The three-row SUV features several nice touches such as level 4 self-driving autonomy; when in “I.D. Pilot” mode you can rotate the seats 25 degrees inwards to create a lounge and hold conversations with passengers much easier. You can recline the seats all the way too to get some shut eye. It also has double sliding doors, a HUD and a screen embedded in the steering wheel, and play/pause accelerator and brake pedals. It boasts attractive lines above the wheel arches and trendy integrated lighting at the front and the rear.
“This SUV is a monolith, appearing to be seamlessly machined from one solid block. The battery-powered ID. Roomzz moves effortlessly - silently and without emissions,” said Klaus Bischoff, chief designer at Volkswagen.
Packing a fully electric drive system that comprises a motor on each axle and an 82-kWh battery that can be charged up to 80 per cent in 30 minutes, it produces a total output of 302 horses, can complete the 0-100kph dash in 6.6 seconds, and has a limited top speed of 180kph. Best of all, it has a range of 450km.
It will be on display at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) from April 18-26.