Volkswagen has confirmed that it will bring back the iconic Microbus model in the form of the I.D. BUZZ concept but you won’t see the production model in showrooms until after 2022. Within the framework of its further development activities, Volkswagen said the launch date for the I.D. BUZZ will occur after the compact 4-door I.D. model.
“The vehicle is an important pillar in Volkswagen’s electric drive initiative and carries the Microbus driving feeling into the future,” said the Chairmen of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands, Dr. Herbert Diess and Dr. Eckhard Scholz.
“After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, ‘please build this car,” Dr. Diess said at the annual Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, California, yesterday. “The Microbus, which is what the Bulli is called in America, has always been part of the California lifestyle. Now we’re bringing it back by developing Volkswagen’s next e-generation and by reinventing the Bulli as an electric vehicle. This is just the right place for the I.D. BUZZ.”
As was the case with the ‘Show Car of the Year’ in Detroit, the production model will also have its batteries mounted in the vehicle floor. The electric drive doesn’t take up much space, which means the front and rear axles can be mounted very far apart from one another. This results in a long wheelbase and short overhangs, which makes for more space in the interior.
“The vehicle therefore looks like a short compact van on the outside, even as it offers the generous interior space of a large van,” Dr. Diess explained. “The result is a superior package that offers both the driver and passengers plenty of room for a comfortable journey.”
Those who wish to use the model to transport cargo will get what they need as well. Along with a people-carrier version, Volkswagen will also be offering an I.D. BUZZ Cargo variant for zero-emission delivery operations in a Level 3 vehicle that boasts a high degree of automated driving capability.
Although Volkswagen’s oldest and newest, very evocatively designed MPV will be separated by more than 7 decades when the new model is launched, the I.D. BUZZ has the original’s genes, as it offers maximum utilisation of space on the footprint of a midsize passenger car. With a length of 4942 mm, a width of 1976 mm and a height of 1963 mm, the concept vehicle offers extraordinary space dimensions.
The production version, which is based on the new all-electric architecture, will incorporate many design ideas from the concept car. It will also feature variable seating, interactive connectivity and highly automated driving.
Volkswagen is mainly targeting markets in North America, Europe and China with both the I.D. BUZZ and the I.D. family overall. Expansion of the electric vehicle range is part of Volkswagen’s Strategy 2025, which foresees more than 30 all-electric models by that time.
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