In the making since 2001, when the first concept as the Microbus Concept Car bowed out at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Volkswagen has finally unveiled the production version of the spiritual successor to the original Type 2 after three other concept models with different drive methods. , the ID. fuss.
Derived from the concept of the same name shown in 2017, the ID. Buzz, as evidenced by its name, is part of Wolfsburg’s ID range of electric vehicles, meaning it uses the same MEB platform as the ID.3† ID.4† ID.5 and ID.6 and an all-electric powertrain with no internal combustion engine option.
With an overall length of 4,712mm and a wheelbase of 2,988mm, the ID. Buzz stands at 1,938mm tall with a width of 1,985mm, the latter an 81mm gain over the outgoing T6.1.
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Unlike the T7, the ID. Buzz is not offered with more than five seats. Instead, two derivatives will be available; the aforementioned passenger model and the two- or optional three-seat Cargo panel van carrying a payload of up to 3.9 m. can transport3 behind the central partition.
In comparison: luggage space in the ID. The Buzz has a capacity of 1,121 litres, but folding the second row of seats forward reveals a total capacity of 2,205 litres.
Stylistically, the ID. Buzz is a clear nod not only to the concept, but also to the Type 2 in that it has a rounded front end with a short overhang, an oversized Volkswagen logo applied to the central headlight beam, double sliding doors and three louvers on the D pillar would pay tribute to the vents used to cool the Type 2’s air-cooled engine in the rear.
With a taillight design seemingly borrowed from the much later T3, the ID. The Buzz’s design is completed by an extended lower front spoiler, 18, 20 or 21-inch alloy wheels and 18-inch steel wheels with unique covers on the Cargo.
As a way to pay even more tribute to its ancestor, the eleven-tone color palette includes four two-tone options; Lime Yellow, Energetic Orange, Starlight Blue and Bay Leaf Green, all contrasted with a Candy White top section.
The monotone options include Candy White, Deep Black, Mono Silver, Energetic Orange, Line Yellow, Starlight Blue and Bay Leaf Green.
Inside the ID. The Buzz’s interior has been redesigned from that of the concept, avoiding the nearly rectangular steering wheel and freestanding tablet-like infotainment screen that juts out from the center console.
In their place the ID. Buzz gets the multifunction steering wheel from other ID models, the ten-inch digital instrument panel on top of the steering column, a ten- or optional twelve-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a touch-sensitive climate control strip.
While the dashboard on the concept adopted a minimalist design with most of the functions and readouts on the steering wheel, the production ID. Buzz’s dash is more “normal” in that it receives a pair of vents below the infotainment screen and a storage area at the base.
Instead of the sliding tablet mechanism, the center console is now occupied by a pair of cup holders and more storage compartments with armrests attached to the seats.
First the ID. Buzz can be specified with a vegan interior consisting of a leather-like polyurethane-wrapped steering wheel and a Seaqual yarn finish for the seats, floor and headliner, made from recycled plastic bottles and plastic recovered from the ocean.
With a six-seat passenger model slated for introduction next year, initial power supply for the ID. Buzz comes thanks to a single rear-mounted electric motor powered by an 82 kWh battery.
With 150 kW, the ID. Buzz has a claimed top speed of 145 km/h and while Volkswagen has not closed range details, it did confirm a 30-minute wait time of 5-80% using a 170 kW charging station.
Confirmed for Europe from May, production of the ID. Buzz will take place at Volkswagen’s commercial vehicle plant in Hanover, Germany, with prices to be announced later.
Despite Volkswagen’s announcement last year that a trail period with the ID.4 starts later this year in South Africa, there are currently no plans to take the ID with you. Buzz to the market in the long run.