Concept Cars

This is the futuristic concept car Volkswagen is unveiling in a few weeks

This concept car will make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

You've seen the ID Buzz and the ID Buggy. Volkswagen is about to show off another concept car. All will be revealed the week before Thanksgiving at the Los Angels Auto Show but they've set the stage revealing a few facts ahead of time.

The ID Space Vizzion is Volkswagen's take on a zero-emissions vehicle. The company says that it's built for "a new era, new thinking, and new mobility" and that "is a crossover of tomorrow". Still, it looks much like a traditional wagon.

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion VW This car is destined for the U.S. market.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

"So far, with our ID. family, we have shown what is possible with electric vehicles in each known car category," said Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design. "With the ID Space Vizzion we create a new, fully electric segment."

Volkswagen is touting the concept's ability to combine the aerodynamics of a grand touring car with the spaciousness of an SUV. With a five-door-like visual profile, the ID Space Vizzion is a more realistic look at the future of Volkswagen than what the ID Buggy offered, giving the markets a tangible look at the future of the company, which has been touting its future electrified powertrains and new platforms for the last few years.

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion VW The five-door style is likely to be more popular in Europe than in the U.S. when the car goes into production.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The German automaker has built the car on its Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB). MEB is designed to allow for long driving ranges, dynamic performance, and digital networking.

VW has given the model 300 miles of range.

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion VW The model seats four.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Its completely digitalized cockpit consists of appointments that are made from sustainable raw materials including AppleSkin, a vegan alternative to leather.

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion VW VW filled the interior of this model with sustainable raw materials.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The ID Space Vizzion isn't just a concept. It's a look at a model that Volkswagen will mass produce, presumably under another name, in late 2021. It will make its way to North America, Europe, and China in different variations.

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Discontinued sedan

Volkswagen nixing Passat after 2022 model year

Racing Green Metallic is one of four exclusive colors for the car.

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After five decades on sale in the U.S., Volkswagen is pulling the plug on the midsize Passat. The explosion of SUVs' popularity and the need to shift production power to electric vehicles are behind the decision, which will take place after the 2022 model year. The cars have been built at the automaker's Chattanooga, TN plant since 2011, but the facility is being repurposed as VW's North American hub for electric vehicle assembly.

Volkswagen is giving the car one last hurrah, however, in the form of the Passat Limited Edition. The car features 18-inch wheels, LED headlights with an Advanced Front Lighting System, and an easy-open trunk. Inside, the cars come with sport seats wrapped in Vienna leather, memory seating, a Fender Premium Audio System, parking assistance, and parking sensors.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition Each car gets a special model tag with its limited production number.Volkswagen


Only 1,973 of the cars will be built, and it will only be sold in four colors, each with its own limited production numbers that have special meaning for the Passat:

  • Aurora Red Metallic with Titan Black interior: 411 units to represent the original vehicle production code
  • Racing Green Metallic with Mauro Brown interior: 423 units to commemorate the Chattanooga 423 area code
  • Pure white with Mauro Brown interior: 524 units to signify the Chattanooga plant's May 24 opening date
  • Platinum Great Metallic with Titan Black interior: 615 units to signify six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, and five decades of U.S. sales

Pricing for the 2022 Passat starts at $31,290, which includes a $995 destination fee. Adding Aurora Red Metallic drives the price up by an additional $395. Each car will receive a special number plate to designate its place in the limited production run.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition The Passat Limited Edition gets several upscale features. Volkswagen

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Electric vehicle features

The VW ID.4 sounds futuristic

The ID.4 is VW's first electric crossover in the U.S.

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The Volkswagen ID.4 is finally here. The electric crossover offers compelling features, decent all-electric range, and a reasonable price. On top of all that, Volkswagen focused heavily on the electric experience with the ID.4, down to the sounds it makes in everyday operation.

Where many automakers seek to humanize electric vehicles with familiar gas engine sounds, Volkswagen hasn't bothered with any of that. Instead, the automaker's ID.4 electric crossover features several sounds that embrace the EV's place in the future of transportation.

On startup, drivers are greeted with a sound that Volkswagen says will alert them that the vehicle is ready to go. It's not at all unlike the flying saucer sounds heard in sci-fi movies decades ago, but it's a nice reminder of the ID.4's future-forward drivetrain.



In motion, VW gave the ID.4 what is known as an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System, which helps alert people to the presence of a moving electric vehicle. Since the drivetrain doesn't make the same noises that a gas engine does, EVs can move almost silently at low speeds, so it's important to have some kind of warning sound.

Even the turn signal sounds received scrutiny in the ID.4's design, and while they're still fairly traditional, the sounds are subtle and pleasing overall. Beyond that, VW says it developed a library of sounds for typical vehicle control buttons and other functions that are exclusive to its electric vehicles. The goal, according to the automaker, is that the sound aligns with the vehicles' character, visual design, and features, and that people will be able to recognize a VW EV by its unique sound.

The ID.4 is just the first of several EVs that Volkswagen plans to release here in the United States. Larger family vehicles are on the horizon, and we may even see an electric revival of the legendary VW bus.

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