This Iconic Vehicle Is BACK, And It’s Electrifying!
Hipsters of the world rejoice! Driven by popular demand, VW is reintroducing the iconic VW Microbus; called the I.D. Buzz, which will no doubt spark a new generation of fans. It’s also planned to be a fully electric vehicle, the first of the VW Buses achieve this.
Designed to recall the original Type 2 Microbus without mimicking it, the front V in the bodywork calls back to the two-tone predecessor on the original Bus. The I.D. Buzz carries a light strip that surrounds the vehicle and gives it a unique visual signature. The LED headlights have hexagonal segments that act as “eyes” to communicate the vehicle’s status. With near-zero body overhangs and 22-inch wheels, the I.D. Buzz manages to look modern and timeless, one of the hallmarks of Volkswagen brand design.
But just like the original Microbus, the design and engineering of the I.D. Buzz concept and MEB platform provides ample space for passengers or cargo, with an expansive view of the surroundings. There’s even a front trunk, just like the original VW Beetle.
The I.D. Buzz also utilizes VW’s Modular Electric Drive kit (or MEB, for its German acronym), a group of components and chassis parts engineered to maximize the potential of electric drive and future technology.
“For me, the I.D. Buzz concept is the most beautiful and most exciting electric car in the world,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand, in Pebble Beach, Calif.
“Our goal is clear: we want to make the fully electric, fully connected car a bestseller around the world. The iconic car of the electric age must be a Volkswagen.”
The I.D. Buzz concept also offers a preview of the type of autonomous technology that VW will develop for future models. The “I.D. Pilot” mode is something that VW has been working on for their autonomous cars and it could go into production by 2025.
The new I.D. Buzz will be the seventh generation of the bus. Over time, the vehicle evolved in style but always retained its character, versatility, and ability to draw or carry a crowd. Still, the original version remained the most iconic design.
“The I.D. Buzz stands for the new Volkswagen,” says Diess. “We are fully committed to the future of mobility, and we want to reignite America’s love for VW.”
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