Sick of all these electric crossovers and SUVs that are coming out of the woodwork? You may like this.
It’s the VW ID Space Vizzion concept, and other than the silly name, we like everything about it. The Space Vizzion is an all-electric estate car, and as we know, wagons are the best kinds of vehicle. And that’s science fact. Maybe.
The Space Vizzion is based around VW’s new MEB electric vehicle architecture. There’s an 82kWh battery sitting under the floor, which powers two electric motors - one for each axle. The powertrain is good for a range of 367 miles going by the WLTP cycle, or 300 miles according to the EPA rating.
It’s quick, too. The total system output is 335bhp, which makes for a 0-62mph time of 5.4 seconds. That’s brisk enough to beat almost every front-wheel drive hot hatch out there.
The cabin is a roomy place, with VW claiming the concept is more akin to a posh long-wheelbase saloon than a mid-range car when it comes to space. There’s no centre console, with the middle of the dashboard instead dominated by a gigantic 15.6-inch touchscreen.
What’s more interesting, though, is the tech you can’t see. Projected onto the windscreen is an augmented reality head-up display, intended to replace the traditional digital instrument cluster. Behind the steering wheel is a much smaller display which shows only key driving information.
See those seats? The material might look like leather, but it’s not. It’s an artificial material called ‘AppleSkin’, which is partly made from “residual material” left over from apple juice manufacturing.
As with previous ID concepts, the Space Vizzion isn’t just a fancy show car. VW says it “previews the future production version for Europe and North America,” and judging by the original ID concept - which morphed into the ID3 - the showroom version of this will look fairly similar.
Fancy checking out the Space Vizzion in the metal and, erm, AppleSkin? It’s on display now at the LA Auto Show.