The original Volkswagen Microbus is a car legend, which may help explain why it has taken VW so long to release a successor but the ID. Buzz is finally unveiled.
At the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, VW debuted an all-electric Microbus concept, which was promptly confirmed with a planned production version. The Volkswagen ID. Buzz revealed its presence online today, but won’t be available in the United States until 2024.
Volkswagen ID.Buzz will be on the roads in 2022
This electric van, which looks like a classic Microbus and incorporates modern technology and sustainable materials, is available in both passenger and ID Buzz Cargo versions. As you may know, the original Volkswagen Microbus was very popular among campers. Although The ID Buzz was designed by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and it should appeal to tradespeople as well.
The concept car‘s design is still present in the production model of the ID Buzz, although it is somewhat more boxy and less cuddly than before. The two-toned exterior and huge centered VW logo are obvious references to the Microbus, but the ID Buzz isn’t a retro vehicle.
The advanced technology and materials used in the Microbus’s electric powertrain allowed it to retain its classic appearance while meeting contemporary safety standards and optimizing interior space.
The dashboard is essentially similar to that of other ID-family EVs, with the exception of a detachable storage container. VW is also notable for utilizing environmentally friendly materials, such as leather and Seaqual yarn in the seat coverings and roof liner. According to VW, the exterior paint is also organically based.
Specifications of VW ID. Buzz
The ID. Buzz’s user interface is largely similar to that of past VW vehicles. There’s a 10.0-inch Digital Cockpit instrument cluster, as well as a multicolor ambient and ID.Light interactive lighting system. A 10.0-inch touchscreen is standard, although a 12.0-inch screen is available for purchase. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto should also be included.
The ID. Buzz comes with collision warning, lane keep assist, and traffic sign recognition features. The car also offers drivers the option to activate park assist, emergency assist, adaptive cruise control, and travel assist.
The passenger version of the ID. Buzz will be offered in a five-seat variant, followed by a six-seat model with seats arranged in three rows of two. The extra-long wheelbase ID. Buzz will be offered in the United States with seven seats across three rows. Last but not least, the ID.Buzz Cargo has a total of 137.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind its rear seats, which is comparable to other crossovers in that category.
The new VW cars will be available with a single electric motor sending 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels at launch. The cars will be packed with an 82-kilowatt-hour battery located beneath the floor of the vehicle. The ID. Buzz’s electronically limited top speed is 90 mph, according to VW. Other battery-pack choices with varying power outputs will be introduced in 2023.
The ID. Buzz will be charged at 11 kW using a Level 2 AC charging station or 170 kW with DC rapid charging. According to VW, the latter provides a 5% to 80% charge in 30 minutes. The ID.Buzz will work with Plug & Charge, allowing you to charge your car at public charging stations.
VW ID. Buzz release date
Consumers will have to wait a bit longer to purchase one of these cars. The European market is scheduled to begin producing later in 2022, with the formal European debut expected for the third quarter of that year. The ID. Buzz won’t be available in the United States until 2023.