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Volkswagen ID. ROOMZZ is a roomy lounge on wheels

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Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman, VW
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A new member of the Volkswagen ID. family called ID. ROOMZZ has made its debut as a concept at the Auto Shanghai 2019. Before the word “concept” turns you off, VW confirms that the production version will be initially launched in the Chinese market in 2021.

“This SUV is a monolith, appearing to be seamlessly machined from one solid block,” said Klaus Bischoff, Chief Designer, Volkswagen brand.

The Roomzz looks much larger than the Crozz that we saw in 2017. It measures about 5 metres in length. The designers have managed to achieve a typical Volkswagen business look with an illuminated grille that flows into the headlamps, but the overall design has been kept clean and minimal. Unlike the Crozz, the Roomzz neither excites nor disappoints you, or as mentioned before, the looks are “business”. Naturally, the traditional mirrors have been replaced with cameras, and the door handles with some kind of touch panels.

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Once you gain access to the Roomzz interiors, again, minimalism is the order of the day. There is no traditional dashboard, instead, you’ll get a digital cockpit consisting of a full glass panel. The science-fiction-looking steering wheel can be retracted in autonomous mode.

Speaking of autonomous mode, the Roomzz has Level 4 capability. On request, it can glide fully automatically through the traffic in ID. Pilot mode. The occupants are provided with information via interactive light zones, apparently.

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When the driver switches to fully automatic driving mode, the individual seats can be rotated inward by 25 degrees to enable a lounge-like atmosphere on board. In addition, the ID. Pilot Relax mode allows each passenger to adjust their seat individually to suit their needs. In this mode, the seat can be moved from an upright to a reclined position, VW said.

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The materials used for the interiors are also a bit unusual. The seat covers, for example, are made of AppleSkin – a new product that consists of a renewable raw material. Specially processed wooden veneers are also used in the ID. Light areas of the door panels. The CleanAir system uses an active filter system to ensure that the air inside the vehicle remains clean.

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Moving on to the topic of powertrain, the Roomzz has two electric motors on both axles that deliver a system output of 225 KW or 306 hp. The business SUV can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds, apparently, and can reach an electronically limited top speed of 180 km/h.

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Powering those two motors is an 82 kWh battery pack which is claimed to offer a range of up to 450 km (WLTP) or 475 km (NEDC, China). In about half an hour, the Roomzz can be recharged to 80% of its capacity via a fast charging system with 150 kW (DC), VW said.

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