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After nearly 20 years, the Volkswagen Combi is making a comeback! Recently, Volkswagen unveiled the look of the new VW ID. Buzz, which is an iteration of the iconic Bus and is set to make waves once it hits showroom floors.
For almost a decade VW has been teasing the return of the icon, with the most recent tease coming in 2017 as a retro-inspired version of the new electric vehicle. Much of the hip styling carried over into the upcoming 2024 production model.
The ID Buzz is a big deal because it’s set to tap into a segment of the EV market that has so far been relatively spared – the family market. Car and Driver noted that the ID. Buzz will also not be an exercise in form rather than function.
While the ID. Buzz’s styling is a modern update of a quintessential nostalgic look from automotive history, the ID. Buzz’s real claim to fame is its cavernous, configurable interior, which you should be able to experience at Volkswagen SouthTowne within the next year.
Here are some of the highlights of the next Volkswagen ID. Buzz:
Spacious interior for the family
Buses have always been primarily people carriers and the ID. Buzz continues this tradition with its spacious interior. The US model will have three rows and seven seats, with tons of cargo space in the back. The European model is the shorter-wheelbase version of the ID Buzz that the US will get and has 40 cubic feet of cargo space, as reported by Car and Driver.
The front seats are highly adjustable and place the driver in a classic, upright seating position. Because there’s no engine under the hood, the interior offers ample space for all passengers that defies its smaller-than-expected exterior proportions.
The identity. Buzz EV is the sixth new SUV that Volkswagen has planned for the US SUV enthusiast market. Proving they could excel in the SUV industry, Volkswagen launched the Atlas in 2018, followed by a redesign of the Tiguan, a smaller version of the Atlas called the Atlas Cross Sport, then launched the all-new Taos and ID.4 EV in 2021.
Range, power and charging of electric vehicles
In addition to its comfort and size, Volkswagen has provided the ID. Buzz to go the distance. As with all electric vehicles, range is a primary consideration for buyers, especially if you’re transporting your family. While details aren’t confirmed for the US market, Car and Driver reports, “The company only said the battery will be larger than the 77kWh pack that powers the next European model. We expect the U.S. ID. Buzz will have at least 260 miles of range per charge. VW reports that those plugging into a DC fast charger will be able to charge from 5% to 80% in as little as 30 minutes.
Built on Volkswagen’s MEB (Modular Electric Drive) platform, the ID. Buzz shares its underpinnings with the Audi e-tron crossover and Volkswagen’s ID.4 crossover. Volkswagen has confirmed that the base model will feature a single rear-mounted electric motor that develops 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque. However, you can expect a twin-motor, all-wheel-drive configuration rated around 300 horsepower to be available closer to its US launch.
A great value
Kelley Blue Book reports that the average new car price in 2022 is over $47,000. Several reports, including Car and Driver, estimate the ID. Buzz will cost around $40,000, less than the average price of a new car. Pricing details have not been released, but given Volkswagen’s history of offering competitive value, especially with their new ID.4 EV, US customers should expect the same ideology continues for the new ID. Buzz.
Available custom and pre-order
As with the ID.4, Volkswagen SouthTowne anticipates the ID. Buzz will be available on a booking platform. “We have hundreds of customers who have built their bespoke ID.4 directly from our website,” says Volkswagen SouthTowne Managing Director Josh Osborne. “Our customers are eager to get their hands on this EV as soon as possible, so we know they’ll love the ID. Buzz EV as well.”
The identity. Buzz will be produced in Hannover, Germany, while Volkswagen will move production of the ID.4 to Chattanooga, Tennessee towards the end of 2022. “We are really excited to have the ID.4 moved to America because that we think we’ll have more of these incredible electric vehicles to offer our customers,” says Osborne. “We look forward to being able to offer our customers who want to go electric more options.”
The return of the Volkswagen bus as an electric vehicle is exciting and it promises to be unlike anything else on the road. If you want to know more about the ID. Buzz the folks at Volkswagen SouthTowne are here to help. Contact them today or visit their website.