Volkswagen I. D. Buzz Concept: A nod to the classic Kombi in this prototype, electric and autonomous

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Electric, self-contained and with the image of the classic Kombi

Detroit is the scenario chosen by Volkswagen to introduce the second concept that anticipates its future range of electric vehicles. With the I. D. Buzz Concept, the German brand makes a nod to the past and has equipped this MPV power of an aesthetic that clearly recalls the legendary Volkswagen Kombi, a van which was actually a success in the united States.

The I. D. Buzz Concept is based on the new scalable platform for the German brand, specific to electric vehicles and also to give life to the two concepts already presented, will help to create up to 4 new concepts, an SUV, a crossover, a coupe and a convertible. All these prototypes will be presented from here to 2019.

According to the brand, the maximum capacity is up to 8 passengers, which undoubtedly contributes to their regular forms and the benefits of a electrical architecture, which houses batteries and mechanical organs in the floor of the vehicle, with a wheelbase of 3.3 metres.

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Capacity up to 8 passengers and total modularity.

The interior space has large butacones, the forwards are able to rotate 180 degrees, and to the wide glazed surface is supplemented by two large glazed openings in the roof, so that we find a lot of space and luminosity.

The style is deliberately retro, using certain traits taken from the Kombi original, as the front design or the hue two-tone. This is not the first time that the brand made a concept with these characteristics, however, the design language is clearly the employee with the I. D. Concept hatchback presented in Paris in 2016, that will be the hallmark of this new range in the German group.

Technique

The architecture of the I. D. Buzz Concept is similar to that employed by other electric models, a base that houses the batteries and the motors are situated on the axes, directly between the wheels. In the case of the I. D. Buzz Concept, this has two engines of 204 HP (150 kW), each of them hosted on a shaft. The total power combined of 367 HP (270 kW).

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Batteries of 111 kW and two electric motors.

Although the brand already announced the possibility of a version with a single motor, 270 HP (200 kW), housed in the rear end, which would fit with the original architecture of the Volkswagen Kombi.

Used Lithium ion battery, 111-kWh and so says the brand the maximum autonomy is some 600 kms depending on cycle european, while cycle-EPA is estimated to be a range of 435 kms. The charging system allows in only half an hour to reach up to 80 percent of the capacity of the battery, which allows about 480 kms of autonomy. The benefits are quite noteworthy, is able to reach 100 km/h in about 5 seconds with a maximum speed of 160 km/h.

Driving autonomous

The Buzz is also a showcase for the progress of the brand in the field of driving systems autonomous. In the first place, your steering wheel will not only retracts when you enter automatic mode, but this is uncoupled from the steering system.

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This concept furthers another one of the new electric models of VW.

Named I. D. Pilot Mode, combines readings of ultrasonic sensors and radar, as well as laser scanners and Lidar. Account with multiple cameras and at the same time combines these sensors with the data traffic of a data cloud and the digital cartography of HERE, owned by Audi, Daimler and BMW.

The system is activated by a keystroke in a control of the steering wheel and in that time retracts the steering wheel. The dashboard is limited to a great touch screen vertical that is located where you would expect to find the central console, although we also find a head-up display that displays the most important data to the driver. Once it is activated the I. D. Pilot Mode, the driver can turn the seat backward, facing the rest of the cabin.