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VW unveils ID Roomzz electric SUV  

Volkswagen has revealed its ID Roomzz seven-seater electric SUV concept ahead of the production model’s arrival in China from 2021.

Volkswagen ID Roomzz concept

Bringing a rival to the Tesla Model X, the Roomzz will feature a modular three-row seating format that can be transformed into a ‘lounge on wheels’ if the car’s Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities are being used.

The four-wheel drive model will feature an electric motor on each axle, bringing total system output of 306hp and giving a 0-100km/h (62mph) time of 6.6 seconds with a top speed of 180km/h (112mph).

It features an 82kWh battery that gives a WLTP range of up to 450km (280 miles) or 475 km (NEDC, China) and can be recharged to 80% of its capacity via a 150kW fast charging system.

The concept model – which debuts this week at the Auto Shanghai motor show – uses a digital cockpit with a steering wheel that integrates into the dash when not in use.

The Roomzz will join the I.D. family alongside models including the smaller Crozz SUV, the Buzz van/MPVthe Vizzion saloon revealed at last year’s Geneva and the Buggy. Like its counterparts, it’s built on VW’s MEB Modular Electric Drive Matrix platform; last month saw the Group announce that Seat is to take the lead on developing a smaller version of the platform for ‘affordable’ EVs.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.