Volkswagen revealed its new electric-powered I.D Vizzion concept at the 2018 Geneva motor show. The luxury sedan will act as an indirect replacement for the discontinued Phaeton. The four-wheel drive I.D. Vizzion has been conceived to sit at the very top of the VWs maker’s line-up.
Power comes from a large 111kWh lithium-ion battery that gives it an electric range of 665km, generating a combined 306hp.
VW claims a time of 6.3 seconds from 0-100, and the German carmaker also provides a theoretical (limited) top speed of 180kph.
The vehicle measures 5,163mm in length, 1,947mm in width and 1,506mm in height, it is 16mm shorter but 39mm wider and 56mm higher than the long-wheelbase Phaeton, Volkswagen’s long-running range-topping sedan that ceased production in 2016. The German carmaker says its latest concept mirrors how it imagines an electric-powered luxury class model could appear in the future.
The I.D. Vizzion is based on Volkswagen’s Modularen Elektrik Baukasten/ Modular Electric Architecture platform and it also serves to showcase Level-5 autonomous driving, self-learning, hologram-based interior control and augmented reality technology, which VW says it is developing and expects to incorporate on its models from 2030.
The car will come with LIDAR laser scanners, ultrasound sensors, radar sensors as well as a series of cameras at the front, rear and sides. Highlight of the event was an artificial intelligence system that goes beyond the model-based programming of today’s driver assistance systems, by providing fully independent decision making processes that allows it to drive exclusively without human input.
The car showcased at the show was without a steering wheel, but it’s a concept. The new sedan is planned to be launched with a more conventional control system and will be similar to the one seen on the first-gen I.D. models.