Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion concept unveiled at Geneva show

The wraps are off the Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion concept, which is the latest in the line of I.D.-branded electric concepts presaging future vehicles on the brand’s MEB platform.

The I.D. Vizzion is a premium luxury sedan with a range of 650km, driving on full autonomous technology. The exterior is swoopy and dramatic with sharp lines, a floating roofline and cab-forward proportions. It features LED strips front and rear with illuminated VW logos and suicide doors, which open to reveal no B-pillar.

Inside, there is no steering wheel but a minimalistic, tranquil environment of woodgrain and white ‘St.Tropez’ leather. Four bucket seats and a floating centre console lets passengers choose what is displayed on the HoloLens OLED windscreen projection. Deep, plush pile wool carpeting looks extremely inviting too.

A rotary controller can control three modes: Relax, Active and Family. For example, Relax reclines the seats, extends the footrest and plays soothing music (not Frankie Goes to Hollywood), with warm ambient lighting. There is also active filtration and fitness tracking.

Could this be the Phaeton replacement? Originally, Volkswagen had planned a second-generation Phaeton on the MSB platform, but Dieselgate put an end to that, and the company instead started work on an electric flagship.

Dimensions seem to suggest it could well be; it is 5163mm long, 1947mm wide, 1506mm tall, on a long wheelbase of 3100mm. Boot space is 565 litres. According to VW, the powertrain consists of a 75kW electric motor and a 150kW rear electric motor for a nominal output of 225kW. The battery is 111kWh, with 0-100km/h done in 6.3 seconds on its way to a 180km/h governed top speed.

When the production version surfaces around 2022, expect it to sprout a steering wheel and a few more interior additions. What do you think of it? Tell us in the comment section below.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.