Volkswagen Unveils 300 HP I.D. ROOMZZ in Shanghai

The latest member of the I.D. family has finally been shown off in China. The I.D. ROOMZZ is the latest concept in VW’s ever-growing range of all-electric vehicles.

The ROOMZZ is a big SUV that VW says is ready for families and businesses. Thanks to its sliding rear doors, it blends vans and SUVs, but don’t call it utilitarian.

VW is clearly trying to sell the ROOMZZ as a more premium vehicle. With vegan seats made out of Apple Skin (a faux leather made from fruit-industry waste), special wood veneers, and seats that twist towards each other (by 25 degrees) during autonomous driving, the ROOMZZ concept is aimed at the well-heeled.

“This SUV is a monolith, appearing to be seamlessly machined from one solid block. The battery-powered ID. ROOMZZ moves effortlessly – silently and without emissions”, says Klaus Bischoff, VW’s chief designer.

Meanwhile, the dash is all simple elegance. Made entirely of glass-front material, it is among the I.D. lineup’s most minimalistic designs.

Like the rest of the lineup, though, it’s based on the MEB platform. That means that you get two electric motors (one in the front, one in the rear) and a flat battery pack under the passenger compartment. Together, the motors make about 300 hp and those batteries will get you 450 km (or 280 miles by Euro measurements) before they need to be charged again. That’s good enough to get you to 62 mph in just 6.6 seconds.

Volkswagen says that the production version of the ROOMZZ will launch in China in 2021 and while the brand has made no explicit promises about an American release, given its size it feels like a pretty safe bet that you’ll eventually see this thing in the US.