Latest concept from VW's I.D. series does without a steering wheel. Because FUTURE
Welcome, Internet, to Volkswagen’s VIZZZZZZZION of the future. Quite literally, as it happens. Only with fewer Zs.
Beginning in 2020, VW will start to launch its ‘I.D.’ range of EVs. Three have already been presented as concepts – the Crozz, Buzz and plain old I.D. – and now we have a fourth. It’s called the Vizzion, and it’s in the shape of a “avant-garde premium class saloon”, that naturally offers much in the way of autonomy.
So much, in fact, VW hasn’t even bothered to fit it with a steering wheel. The Vizzion is designed for ‘Level 5’ autonomy – the highest level, where a car’s autonomy is so unconditional and absolute it no longer needs any controls whatsoever. Not even for emergencies. VW reckons this kind of thing could be a reality as soon as 2025.
But the way you interact with the Vizzion is straight out of 2030. The concept is operated via augmented reality, where occupants use voice and gestures to issue instructions based on a “virtual interface” made visible by Microsoft Hololens glasses. Clever.
Power comes from a 111kWh lithium-ion battery under the floor. The front and rear axles get an electric motor each, giving a total of 225kW, or 301bhp in old money. VW claims a little over 400 miles of range per change (644 kilometres), which is either via a conventional plug/charging point or inductive, i.e. through thin air. 0-100kph takes a claimed 6.3 seconds, and the top speed is governed to 180kph. Oh, and those wheels are 24s. In case you were wondering.
But then at 5,163mm long, 1,947 wide and 1,506 tall, there’s no doubt this is a big car, and therefore deserving of such vast wheels. Those dimensions make the Vizzion longer than a Bentley Bentayga, and almost as wide. The interior is thus quite generous, all the more so for not featuring a steering wheel, pedals or a conventional dashboard. The on-board personal assistant offers various ‘travel modes’ which alter the position/rake of the seats, ambient lighting, infotainment features and so-on. The car can even recognise its occupants via facial recognition and adjust things accordingly.
The future, ladies and gentleman. Full of Zs.