Here’s proof that Volkswagen’s ID range of electric cars has big ambitions: the new VW ID Space Vizzion is a conceptual look at how an EV estate car will join. It’s the seventh member of the rapidly swelling ID family, helping the German brand pivot away from the perilous waters of dieselgate.
Wolfsburg calls the EV estate a ‘gran turismo with the proportions of an SUV’ and this concept car previews the production version destined for Europe and North America. You read that right: VW has committed to a full electric estate car, due in a little over a year’s time.
Much as the new Golf Mk8 will continue to be sold alongside the ID 3 range in the sector below, so the Passat will soldier on in this class, alongside the electric saloon and estate car you see here.
MEB e-creds with estate car boots?
Exactly. The MEB electrical architecture from the ID 3 hatchback underpins the Space Vizzion and packs in an 82kWh battery pack for a claimed 366-mile electric range on the latest European WLTP test cycle.
As is now the norm with electric cars, it’s a wickedly fast wagon, too: VW quotes 0-60mph in 5.0sec, thanks to a big 205kW electric motor driving the rear axle. It’s abetted by a smaller 75kW motor up front, providing 4Motion all-wheel drive for all-weather traction.
Volkswagen is proud of how the slippery shape helps extend performance and range; with a drag coefficient of just 0.24, this is an unarguably smooth, aerodynamic design for such a big estate car. Note also the lift-up flap under the boot floor housing two electric skateboards for last-mile transport to your destination.
An LA auto show debut
Strip away some of the sillier concept car cues – like the gargantuan 22-inch alloy wheels and illuminated VW badges – and you’re left with a silhouette that looks entirely do-able.
Will the organic AppleSkin leather substitute make it to production? Word is that Wolfsburg is working hard to make this naturally sourced upholstery using residuals from apple juice produciton feasible.
Mass legal action against Volkswagen’s role in the emissions cheating scandal has begun in the UK, as around 91,000 motorists challenge VW in the High Court. They are banding together to claim compensation for being misled over their vehicles’ emissions – and it’s touted as the largest class action in UK legal history.
Owners of VWs, Audis, Seats and Skodas are trying to sue the car maker three years after the litigtaion was first. Shazia Yamin from the Product Safety and Consumer Law team at law firm Leigh Day said: ‘After four years, I look forward to our clients having their day in court. They believe that Volkswagen not only misled customers but that they also endangered public health with their blatant disregard for safe NOx emission levels and should be held to account.’ VW denies any wrongdoing and intends to defend the action.
A two-week preliminary hearing is now underway at the High Court in London, where Mr Justice Waksman will judge whether the software in UK cars should be classed as a ‘defeat device’ under EU law, as it was in the United States. If he agrees with disgruntled owners, then Volkswagen could be forced to offer compensation to owners here, piling on further pressure to Wolfsburg, which has already spent billions on compensation and fines in the US and other territories.
‘Volkswagen Group continues to defend robustly its position in the High Court in London. It remains Volkswagen Group’s case that the claimants did not suffer any loss at all and that the affected vehicles did not contain a prohibited defeat device. The decision today does not affect any questions of liability or loss.’
We will update this story with news of the case as it unfolds – and this class action could rumble on for two to three years, legal experts predict. Read on for more background about the VW emissions scandal.