Its odd how when automakers make or conceptualize an electric vehicle, it is always the usual body styles like coupe, sedan, and SUV. Sure, there are some trucks going around, but the good’ol station wagon? It has none of the electric love… that’s until last November when Volkswagen revealed the Volkswagen ID. SPACE VIZZION EV at the Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A..
I have always have the love for wagon (not the horse-drawn variety, obviously). So, naturally, Volkswagen ID. SPACE VIZZION EV Wagon had me at hello. It may not have hidden headlights or ‘classy’ wood panels, but it is the future.
A future where, while stationary, the vehicle can do things like greet you ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ via animation, display instruction to apply the brakes, lock and unlock, and gives you a visual cue of the charging process.
A future where, while driving, the car can perform brake prompts (autonomous emergency braking), navigation instructions, assists voice control, incoming telephone call and energy-saving mode where the EV will not be able to continue to travel at higher speeds if battery level falls below a certain threshold.
All those are made possible through the ID. Light, an interactive light strip located between the A-pillars. It sure sounds like K.I.T.T., but probably less intelligent.
Volkswagen ID. SPACE VIZZION EV Wagon is designed to seat 4 (or 5 in an alternative configuration). It is powered by a 275 HP/406 lb-ft (550 Nm) rear-mounted electric motor and paired to a 82 kWh lithium-ion battery system that yields 570 kilometers (300 miles) range.
It can also be outfitted with a 101 horsepower/111 lb-ft (150 Nm) coaxial drive up front, turning it into an all-wheel drive car with a total output of 335 HP.
Volkswagen ID. SPACE VIZZION 4Motion can be driven in permanent all-wheel drive and it is capable of the 0-60 (0-97 km/h) dash in 5 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 109 mph (175 km/h).
All images courtesy of Volkswagen of America, Inc..