D he importance of the Chinese car market for Volkswagen is immense. China accounts for around 40 percent of sales. The VW brand in particular needs China. There, SUVs made up 40 percent of new registrations. VW is following this trend with an SUV share of 20 percent - or, in a positive way, has great potential. At the same time, VW CEO Herber Diess says: 'As a brand, we want to be number one in electromobility in China and beyond'.
The VW ID. Roomz as a large electric SUV is therefore doubly important for China. That's why Diess insisted on presenting the car in the run-up to the Shanghai Auto Show at its own Volkswagen Brand SUV Night.
For each of the five ID. models presented so far, the brand's portfolio has a successful equivalent for the combustion models: The ID. 3 or Neo is like the Golf, the Crozz corresponds to the Tiguan, the Vizzion to the Passat, the Buzz to the T6. Just the ID. Buggy has a special position. As an approximately 4.92 meter long SUV with three rows of seats in the current VW model range, the Roomzz fits best on the Atlas (in China: Terramont).
As big as an Atlas on the inside, less on the outside Offroad
Seen up close, the E-SUV has a lower front end, is 1.76 meters flatter, although it is 15 centimeters high MEB battery carries in the vehicle floor . Above all, however, at 1.89 meters, it is nine centimeters less wide than the Group's largest MQB car, and in length it is even twelve centimeters short of the Atlas. According to VW, the dimensions largely correspond to the production model. This makes the Roomzz look less bulky than the Atlas and more like a large van. VW actually has the corresponding model with a combustion engine on theAt the same event in Shanghai, it was first presented as an SMV Concept Car: The “M” in the model name stands for “Multipurpose”. At 5.16 meters in length, this MQB SUV is even 12 centimeters longer than the Atlas, but resembles the Roomzz in terms of proportions and even design.
This orientation obviously fits the Chinese market. There, according to Herbert Diess on the fringes of the event, buyers of SUVs particularly value the space comfort. The family plays a bigger role, and this often includes parents and in-laws who want to be pampered. The ID. Roomz was always called “Lounge” beforehand.
Concept car with four individual seats
As a concept car, the Roomzz is still a four-seater. Nevertheless, it is good for pampering: the two sliding doors open electrically in opposite directions and reveal a huge area of the interior for entry, the seats turn around 20 degrees towards future passengers. The softly upholstered armchairs are comfortable and also give you a little lateral support. In order to allow sufficient headroom in spite of the level, but rather high vehicle floor, the seats in the highest MEB car or ID.-concept car to date are mounted rather low in relation to the interior floor, which means that the thighs are only partially supported. The subsequently stretched legs could nibble a little on the space advantage of the electric drive. Like the Buzz, the Roomzz has the larger of the two MEB wheelbases, namely around 2.97 instead of 2.77 meters. But when you look behind the second row of seats, the concept car no longer offers endless expanses. Space seems to be tight for additional seats and a notable trunk. It is not yet clear whether a trunk will be created under the front hood. There would probably still be plenty of space there, despite the second engine placed on the front axle (i.e. all-wheel drive and 306 hp), even if the new head-up display with augmented reality elements takes up space here.
The actual ones With the Roomz, instruments float freely in front of the driver in manual mode. The digital cockpit consists of a panel completely covered with glass. The steering wheel integrated in it has sensitive touch surfaces and a 5.8-inch display. In autonomous mode, it is intended to display relevant information such as navigation instructions. If the driver wants to be chauffeured by the Roomzz, he only has to touch the logo in the middle of the steering wheel for a few seconds (from 2025 at the earliest), then the valance pulls back towards the instrument panel with a quiet hum. The technicians are currently apparently also working on ensuring that the steering wheel retracts in every position, is decoupled and, after reactivation and renewed extension, is connected to the steering in the position that matches the wheel position.
Concept car also shows Vision of autonomous driving
ForThe technicians have already given the concept car large round lidar sensors on the roof as an extension of the A-pillars for autonomous driving according to level 4. Further cameras and sensors will later be placed at the front and rear. The Roomzz lacks the exterior mirrors like most concept cars at the moment. Cameras at knee height on the side of the front fenders are intended to capture what is happening behind the car and show it in the study on the inside rearview mirror. In reality, the cameras are more likely to be placed at the rear so that they can film everything behind the car, as Range Rover is already doing with the new Evoque. At the moment, at Volkswagen and Audi, the prevailing opinion tends to be that it will take longer than previously hoped and thought for “autonomous driving to become a reality”, says VW Sales Director Jürgen Stackmann.