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Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion previews all-electric wagon

In a sign of the times, the production model will be headed to North America.

Volkswagen has unveiled the ID Space Vizzion, likely to be one of the most unique concepts on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The seventh model to be based on VW Group's MEB electric platform architecture is apparently exploring a new niche, combining elements of a wagon and crossover yet sleeker than a Subaru Outback or Audi Allroad.

The company says the Space Vizzion represents a "potential production car" for Europe and North America with an 82-kWh battery pack that is estimated to achieve 300 miles of EPA range. Like the original ID concept and ID.3 production car, the Vizzion will presumably lose its futuristic faux lower grille before it begins rolling off the assembly line. The four-seat configuration will also likely be swapped for a more traditional five-seat layout.

The concept is fitted with a 275-horsepower electric motor that drives the rear wheels. VW says a second motor could easily be added for all-wheel-drive capability, bringing total output up to 355 horsepower.

Inside, the Vizzion features a simplified dashboard with an augmented-reality head-up display, small digital instrument panel and a centrally-mounted 15.6-inch touchscreen. Taking a step beyond the Tesla Model S' retracting door handles, the concept entirely omits physical handles in favor of a touch-sensitive surface and electrical actuator that automatically opens the door.

VW has not said when a production version of the Space Vizzion might be added to the ID lineup. For now, the company is focused on bringing the ID Crozz to market as a more volume-focused model aimed at the upcoming Tesla Model Y.

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