Volkswagen debuts an electric SUV with augmented reality

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"Offering our electric cars for prices similar to combustion engine vehicles really is a game changer", Senger told Bloomberg.

Despite government subsidies and other encouragement, electric cars have yet to catch on with China's driving public due to concern about their limited range.

Sitting in the vehicle floor is an 83-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that VW says delivers a range of 311 miles on the European cycle.

The world's major carmakers are showing their latest new energy cars-some of them concept models-at the ongoing Shanghai auto show, eying up the potential of the world's largest new energy vehicle market.

The CUV of the I.D. family was conceptualised as a sporty, interactively designed zero-emission all-rounder - with electric all-wheel drive that is just as impressive in the urban environment as it is on the rough terrain covered in an adventurous and active lifestyle. The I.D. CROZZ is expected to go into production in 2020, projected to be a key part of Volkswagen's goal of selling a million electric vehicles a year by 2025.

As with all of Volkswagen's more recent electric vehicle concepts, the I.D. Crozz has been conceived to offer the choice between manual and autonomous driving modes.

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NextEV, a Shanghai-based startup, says it will display 11 vehicles in Shanghai from its all-electric NIO brand. While it shares the architecture with the I.D. Buzz, it's a sign of the platform's flexibility that the I.D. Crozz is 316mm shorter, 85mm narrower, 354mm lower and rides on a wheelbase that's 527mm shorter than the retro-looking people mover concept. The Volkswagen badge, too, is illuminated, and links the two headlights with a line of light across the grille.

Among the most outlandish propositions to be included in the Crozz include an augmented reality feed, which is meant to provide information to drivers in real-time.

The I.D. Crozz introduced today on the dawn of the Auto Shanghai in China also previews the company's intentions as far as autonomous driving. When this mode is activated by pushing the VW logo on the steering wheel for three seconds, said steering wheel retracts back flush with the dashboard. VW also claims that each passenger is also able to individually regulate his or her climate zone. Don't be surprised if the I.D., I.D. Buzz, and I.D. Crozz all make it to production at some point.

The latest of Volkswagen's post-Dieselgate EV concepts takes the form of a contemporary styled CUV that sets out to combine the dynamic lines of a modern sports vehicle with the all-terrain capability of a dedicated off-roader.

The I.D. Crozz will have access to automated driving functions that the German automaker is developing.

This flow of lighting gives the I.D. Production of the Crozz, which supposedly will start in 2020, will help the automaker achieve that figure, probably. Using the multi-profile capabilities of Volkswagen User-ID, the vehicle recognizes authorized operators and unlocks the doors and sets various operating systems to their personal profile preferences.