The VW ID Buzz is an electric minibus that is currently under development. Its official presentation is scheduled for 2022 and the brand has already confirmed that production will begin that same year, so its arrival on the roads will not make you wait. It is rumored that it will have about 500 kilometers of autonomy and that its price range will be between 40,000 and 60,000 euros.
The ID Buzz Concept was presented at the Detroit Motor Show in 2017 and initially, it was pointed out that the presentation of the production model would be in 2022. In 2021, the brand has confirmed that this forecast is still in force and images of the first test units. It will be manufactured in Hannover, in the same factory that already assembles its thermal equivalent, the VW T7 Multivan.
VW ID BUZZ EXTERIOR
The VW ID Buzz measures 4.94 meters long, 1.97 meters wide, and 1.96 meters high, and is built on the MEB XL platform, the extended version of the VW Group platform for electric vehicles.
In full fashion for retro, in which the great designs of the past are valued, the ID Buzz gathers the main elements of the legendary T1.
It thus presents a front with little overhang in which the VW emblem stands out, large windows, and bodywork with two shades of paint.
A nod to the past in a compact van that will maintain this essence in its two versions, one standard and the other with commercial aspirations so that it can be used in transport or delivery tasks.
The ID Buzz will be offered in three different versions. In Europe, with three rows of seats and a capacity for six people. In the United States, it will have two rows and four seats. And there will also be a variant that will serve as a light commercial vehicle, which will foreseeably also eliminate the second row of seats to prioritize the transport of goods.
In September 2021, Volkswagen released images of an autonomous prototype of the ID. Buzz. Although not yet the definitive one, it is the first time that Volkswagen has taught an ID. Buzz that goes beyond the concept car to get closer to the lines of the production version.
This ID. Production Buzz was hinted at in November 2021 during the presentation of the ID.5 with a teaser with camo decoration.
It abandons the futuristic lines of the concept to get closer to the lines of the ID family while differentiating itself from the new T7 Multivan, which could be considered its thermal equivalent. The lateral silhouette and the lines of the pillars are also different.
VW ID BUZZ: INTERIOR
The interior maintains the spirit of the current Volkswagen vans, and that has been a tradition since the T1. A space designed for enjoyment and coexistence, with space for at least eight people. For this reason, it has adjustable seats, but also, a great variety of entertainment elements, such as a large central tablet. The ID Buzz Concept featured a tactile steering wheel, from which to control many parameters of the car, from the gear change to the sound system, while the Head-Up Display technology served as a compliment on the windshield. There is no control panel to use.
It is something to take into account since the intention of Volkswagen is that this microbus based on the ID Buzz Concept has level 3 autonomous driving systems in its premiere in 2022, being a 100% autonomous model no later than 2025. This global model will be the third vehicle in the brand’s new 100% electric range and will be produced in Hannover. The curiosity is given that this factory was already in charge of producing all the generations of the Volkswagen T1, the most iconic van of all time, and a mirror of this model.
Volkswagen has not yet confirmed the mechanical characteristics of the production version of the ID Buzz.
The prototype had a 111-kilowatt-hour battery that gave it 500 kilometers of autonomy in the defunct NEDC cycle. It had two 204 horsepower electric motors that delivered a combined power of 367 horsepower.
In March 2021, the German media Edison points out that it will have two versions. The access one will use a 60-kilowatt hour battery and a range of 300 kilometers in the WLTP cycle. The most capable will have 100-kilowatt hours and more than 500 kilometers in the WLTP cycle.
VW ID BUZZ PRICES
Pricing for the production version of the Volkswagen ID Buzz has yet to be confirmed. In March 2021, information appeared on the German portal Edison indicates that the different ID Buzz will be between 40,000 and 60,000 euros.