The Volkswagen I.D. conceptual sub-brand — an all-electric lineup that debuted with a compact hatchback in 2016 and now includes a minibus, a compact crossover, and the fully autonomous I.D. Vizzion — will expand to five models with WardsAuto reporting a seven-passenger SUV. Dubbed the I.D. Lounge, this seven-passenger EV will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2019.
According to WardsAuto, the I.D. Lounge will represent the range-topping model in the lineup and will ride atop the new VW MEB platform that underpins the I.D. Buzz van. Like the rest of the I.D. lineup, look for the I.D. Lounge to boast a distinct look void of any familial traits from either VW or the I.D. lineup, as Volkswagen appears content in letting each I.D. Model stand on its own design language.
Wards states the I.D. Lounge will be a luxurious model aimed at the likes of the Tesla Model X, so we expect its cabin to boast plenty of upscale features. Look for things like premium upholstery, upscale trimming, and the latest in infotainment and technology.
Under its skin WardsAuto states it will feature an all-electric powertrain similar to the I.D. Buzz. This implies a pair of electric motors — one driving the front wheels and one driving the rear — that do a dance to produce 369 horsepower. Wards expects these engines to draw power from a 111-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that will give it up to a 372-mile range.
Safety equipment remains unknown because there is plenty of advancement that can occur between now and the I.D. Lounge’s debut. We expect it to at least come standard with all the latest equipment available today, including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and semi-autonomous driving.