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Volkswagen to unveil electric crossover concept
Bloomberg | 2017/4/14

FRANKFURT-- Volkswagen Group has released teaser images of a full-electric crossover concept that is to debut next week at the Shanghai auto show.

The model is set to challenge Tesla's Model X as Volkswagen gears up to roll out a zero-emission lineup starting in 2020. 

Like the hatchback and van concepts VW has shown in recent months, the third model of VW's planned I.D. line of electric vehicles offers a battery-powered range comparable to combustion engines.

"Volkswagen has set the clearly defined goal of advancing electric-drive vehicles from the status of a startup niche to large-scale production models by the middle of the next decade in a worldwide product offensive," VW said Wednesday in a statement.

The I.D. crossover is a mix between a four-door coupe and an SUV. It targets the auto industry's fastest-growing segment as customers increasingly opt for spacious, comfortable rides with a higher seating position. 

The concept vehicle can switch to autonomous driving mode with a push on the VW badge in the middle of the steering wheel, which then folds automatically into the cockpit. The vehicle then maneuvers based on signals it gets from lidar, ultrasonic scanners, radar and cameras. 

The model would compete with Tesla's Model X, which the U.S. manufacturer started delivering in 2015. The vehicle probably will be cheaper than the Model X, as VW has pledged that the I.D. line will cost about the same as its diesel models. The German company has yet to name the crossover. 

In January at the Detroit auto show, Volkswagen said a production version is expected after 2020.

The brand aims to sell 1 million EVs a year by 2025.

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