Volkswagen group unveils SUV for global market

SHANGHAI, China: Amid the excitement of an estimated 700 journalists from all over the world, automotive giant Volkswagen AG unveiled four new vehicles last April 16 at the 18th staging of the Auto Shanghai International Motor Show.

Volkswagen PH President Felipe Estrella strikes a pose with the Volkswagen T-Cross.

“Volkswagen introduced four world premieres with one SUV intended for the global market,” said Felipe Estrella, president of Volkswagen Philippines.

Taking center stage is the I.D. ROOMZZ which is the group’s flagship electric SUV.

The dash layout of the T-Cross is well laid out with controls within easy reach of the driver.

“This concept offers a completely new interior space concept and an electric all-wheel drive,” explained Estrella. The design combines the future of the brand’s IQ.DRIVE system, which contains all intelligent assistance systems currently in use for driving, parking and safety systems as well as innovations being developed by Volkswagen. Looking at the cabin, the ID. ROOMZZ has hovering gauge clusters and ergonomically contoured seats that can be turned by 25 degrees. This car of the future can also be driven autonomously and without a driver by engaging the “ID. Pilot” mode. In this mode, the car’s interior can be converted into a lounge, while its driver and passengers can literally sit back and relax as the car does all the driving.

According to Jurgen Stackmann, marketing chief of Volkswagen AG, the 150-kilowatt direct current motor with rapid charging system, enables the ID. ROOMZZ to have an electric range of 450 kilometers. Volkswagen engineers said that the production version of this SUV is expected to roll off the assembly line in 2021 and China will be its first market.

“This is expected because China is the world’s biggest automotive market, and the only large economy in the world with a clear plan to establish electro-mobility as the new standard,” explained Estrella.

The concept ID. ROOMZZ is Volkswagen’s playful concept of an electric people mover.

This car will be a huge success and we are positive of this prediction. It is the peak of the iceberg for the automotive future as it combines two mega trends in one car, by having an electric drive in an SUV platform,” added Stackmann.

variants by 2020,” said Stackmann.

The T-Cross is Volkswagen’s smallest SUV and is based on the MQB 40 platform. The styling is inspired by the slightly larger T-Roc and its design appeals to a much younger SUV market. The design characteristics of the T-Cross is similar to that of the new generation SUV’s in the Volkswagen stable, which includes Porsches and Audis.

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