VW to reveal ID Buzz van on March 9

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 26 Jan 2022


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The Volkswagen ID Buzz van, a retro-futuristic reimagining of the original Type 2, is set to be revealed on March 9 as the latest entry into the rapidly expanding family of MEB-based EVs. The electric rebirth of one of Volkswagen’s best-known and biggest-selling vehicles will show that “people who love cars” work at the company, said CEO Ralf Brandstätter.

According to Brandstätter, the ID Buzz will be “definitely the most emotional of our electric models” and will play a key role in Volkswagen’s push to become “the most desirable brand for sustainable mobility”. The largest ID-badged EV will use the same MEB platform as the ID 3 hatchback and ID 4 and ID 5 SUVs, and it will be the first in the line-up to be available in passenger-carrying and commercial forms.

In an attempt to give it the same flexibility of purpose that defined the Type 2, it will also be offered in California camper van form – although it remains unclear whether Volkswagen will fit out this variant itself or leave that to third-party contractors, as was the case with the earlier Type 2. 

Previews of the ID Buzz reveal styling that stays largely true to the well-received concept from 2017, albeit slightly more straight-edged to maximise interior space, with a minimalist front-end design that links it to other ID models and various cues nodding to its predecessors. It will be built in standard and long-wheelbase formats alongside the new ICE-powered Multivan at Volkswagen’s plant in Hanover, Germany.

The ID Buzz is expected to offer the same array of batteries and rear- and four-wheel-drive powertrains as other MEB EVs, showing “how flexible and versatile our modular electric drive system is”, said Brandstätter. The concept’s 374hp 4WD set-up is likely to be toned down for the range-topper, however, to equal the ID 4 GTX’s 300hp. 

 


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