FAW-Volkswagen Begins Deliveries of the Electric ID.6 CROZZ SUV in China
Automaker Volkswagen is continuing its electric vehicle push in China, which is the world's biggest auto market. FAW-Volkswagen, the joint venture of Chinese automaker FAW Group and Volkswagen, has started deliveries of the ID CROZZ SUV, newest member of the ID family of electric vehicles for the China market, local news outlet Gasgoo reports.
Deliveries of the ID.6 CROZZ to customers in China began on July 18.
The ID.6 CROZZ was first revealed in April at Auto Shanghai, is one of eight new EVs that Volkswagen plans to launch in China by 2023. The automaker plans for 50% of its cars sold in China to be fully electric by 2030.
The ID.6 CROZZ is the sister model of the ID.6 X SUV, which is built by VW's other joint venture SAIC Volkswagen in Shanghai. In Sept 2020, Volkswagen announced plans to invest roughly 15 billion euros ($17.44 billion) in electric vehicles with its local joint ventures in China.
The ID CROZZ is built on Volkswagen's MEB modular electric vehicle architecture that will serve as a foundation for its future EVs. It comes in five versions priced between 239,800 yuan (US$36,980) and 334,800 yuan (US$51,630) after subsidies. Volkswagen plans to build approximately 20 million EVs globally on its MEB platform by 2029.
The ID CROZZ is available in two battery options, 62.6 kWh or 84.8 kWh. It offers three powertrains, a single motor 132 kW or 150 kW, and dual-motor all-wheel drive with a combined output of 230 kW. Depending on battery version, the ID.6 CROZZ features a NEDC-rated range of 439km (272 miles), 516km (320 miles), or 565km (351 miles).
The ID.6 CROZZ.
The interior of the ID CROZZ features a minimalist design, with few physical buttons. A 12-inch center-mounted touchscreen is used to control many of the vehicle functions. It's available with a reality head-up display technology introduced on other ID series vehicles, as well the latest version of VW's Travel Assist semi-autonomous driving feature.
ID CROZZ customers in China are also offered free lifetime maintenance and roadside assistance services, as well as one year of complimentary charging service offered by EV charging operator CAMS, a joint venture between Volkswagen Group China, FAW Group, JAC Motors and charging operator Star Charge.
The launch of the ID CROZZ also means more competition for Tesla in China for its Model Y. Tesla is also facing growing competition with more affordable EVs from Chinese EV startups, including XPeng and NIO Inc.
So far, Volkswagen has no plans to bring its ID.6 CROZZ to the U.S. However, it is selling the smaller ID.4 crossover in North America. The ID.4 is being built at Volkswagen's new electric vehicle factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Volkswagen has already begun to expand the plant to become its North American center for electric vehicles. The Chattanooga assembly plant will include new production lines for both battery cell and battery packs for the company's future electric vehicles.
The limited production ID.4 1st Edition is already sold out. But the ID.4 Pro, which starts at $39,995, will be available later this summer.
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