Volkswagen is gradually revealing more details about the production version of the ID.Buzz concept. We saw it as a heavily camouflaged autonomous shuttle in September 2021 and the latest image released by the German automaker shows the electric van with much less upholstery.
While multi-colored camouflage completely covers the model, whose production name has not yet been published, what you see in the image above is what dealers in the United States they are programmed to receive starting in 2023. It looks a lot like it the design studio presented in 2017 in the sense that it is large, relatively square and very clearly inspired by the rear-engined bus that has spent decades zigzagging around the United States. Some styling cues have changed, however: the lower part of the front bumper has been redesigned, the futuristic-looking headlights have been ditched for more realistic units, and the backlit Volkswagen emblem has disappeared from the front. Also earn mirrors and doorknobs.
Overall, it appears that not much has been lost in the transition from to concept car to a production model, although we will wait to see the hum in the metal to make a final judgment. And, like the concept, the production model will land with an electric powertrain. It is built on the modular MEB platform that underpins a growing number of electric vehicles, including the crossover ID.4 Other the ID.5. recently presentedSo Volkswagen wants to be able to offer rear-wheel and all-wheel drive variants. The short and long wheelbase versions will be available globally, but a previous report says that only the latter will be offered in the United States, where the van will be positioned as a top-tier mobile adventure.
Likewise, the same report states the commercial version of the Buzz shown as a concept in 2018 will not arrive on our shores. Further details, such as driving range and pricing information, will be announced closer to the electric vehicle unveiling in 2022.
Even if we only get long wheelbase versions for transporting people, what is certain is that, after several false starts, the Volkswagen van will hit American roads again.