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Power will be sent to all four wheels and the vehicle can be switched to fully autonomous "I.D".

China, the VW brand's largest market, is playing a key role in the industry's move beyond combustion engines, as the government has laid out ambitious targets to fight smog and is pondering quotas for carmakers to produce battery-powered vehicles.

On Tuesday, Volkswagen AG debuted its electric crossover ID Crozz that can run for 500 km, and it said earlier that it will introduce 15 new energy vehicles into China in three to four years.

VW expects that this mode will be limited in the 2020 models due to regulations, but expects the fully autonomous system to be capable of taking control of the vehicle in most driving situations by 2025 in most major markets. Thus, the Shanghai show will see the presentation of the concept of SUV ID in late April. Volkswagen mulling over the I.D. Crozz production is viable given the growing popularity of SUVs these days.

Called the I.D. Crozz, it would seem that VW wants to build a correlation between the name and the Crossover classification of the vehicle, The Verge notes. Volkswagen claims that it will take just 30 minutes to return the batteries to 80 per cent charged using a fast charger.

Two electric motors make a combined 302 horsepower and help the I.D. Crozz achieve a top speed of 112 miles per hour. It's not a guarantee that the concept vehicle will ever be produced. Top speed is a modest, range-friendly 112mph, and speaking of range, it'll manage up to 311 miles on a full charge.

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Volkswagen to challenge Tesla with line of affordable electric cars

New auto sales in China jumped 15 percent last year to 24.4 million units from a year earlier helped by solid sales of luxury sedans and crossover SUVs, according to industry data. To keep the road trip moving along, the I.D. It offers on-demand all-wheel drive, but the bigger rear motor gives it more of a rear-drive feel.

The I.D. Crozz has a six-link rear axle and a MacPherson strut front suspension, providing what Volkswagen describes as "GTI-like handling", complete with a balanced 48:52 front-to-rear weight distribution.

Among the most outlandish propositions to be included in the Crozz include an augmented reality feed, which is meant to provide information to drivers in real-time.

For example, when the CROZZ is parked, lighting subdues and shuts off with the exception of two dim lines at the bottom of the LED headlamps, giving the impression of closed eyes. Like the I.D. and I.D.

A total of 507,000 electric cars, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell cars were sold in China in 2016, a 53 percent surge year-on-year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. MEB models will have a very long wheelbase combined with compact powertrain components and a battery pack placed under the floor panels. Using the multi-profile capabilities of Volkswagen User-ID, the vehicle recognizes authorized operators and unlocks the doors and sets various operating systems to their personal profile preferences.

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