After what seemed like years of waiting, Volkswagen has finally released details of the second coming of its iconic Microbus, called the 2024 ID. Buzz. Except it’s all-electric this time around, as VW pushes for an all-electric range.
The identity. Buzz will come in two flavors: Ordinary Passenger ID. Buzz and a cargo version for commercial customers. It’s unclear whether or not the US will get the cargo version, although we’ll get a longer wheelbase than the European model.
Also note that all specs here are for the Euro model. US specifications may change as more details are released closer to its US launch.
I’m glad to see that VW has mostly kept the design language of the concept. The identity. Buzz is 185.5 inches long with a wheelbase of 117.6 inches (this is the standard wheelbase) while being 78.1 inches wide. To put that into perspective, the ID. Buzz is only 0.6 inches shorter than a Tiguan.
The exterior also gets LED head and taillights. And if you’re worried the color choices will suck, they won’t. VW actually took a leap here, something more automakers need to do:
The spectrum consists of a total of eleven color variants: seven unique color options: “Candy White”, “Mono Silver”, “Lime Yellow”, “Starlight Blue”, “Energetic Orange”, “Bay Leaf Green” and ‘Deep Black’—and four two-tone options. On two-tone ID. below the character line are in a choice of four shades: ‘Lime Yellow’, ‘Starlight Blue’, ‘Energetic Orange’ or ‘Bay Leaf Green’ Exterior mirrors and door handles are finished in body color .
Inside, there are five seats. That’s just for now, as a six-seat configuration (three rows of two) and a seven-seat configuration on our long-wheelbase model will come later.
Cargo space is also generous, with VW claiming there’s 137.7 cubic feet of space in the back – more than enough to haul everything from bikes to supplies from a Home Depot run.
Up front, VW has brought its digital cockpit to the ID. Buzz. And so the frustrations with the new GTI/Golf R and ID. 4 cockpit are to be believed, maybe that’s not a good thing. You get the usual big ass standard touchscreen in 10.2in or 12in with other interior tech like six USB-C ports and 10 or 30 color interior ambient lighting system. And in a nod to nostalgia, the ID. Buzz has a shifter mounted on the steering column.
All of these features are great, but the real news is its battery technology and range. The Euro model will get an 82 kWh battery with a 201 horsepower electric motor with 229 lb-ft of torque. VW says more battery options will come later. This thing isn’t a speed demon either (and shouldn’t be). Top speed is limited to 90 miles per hour. No word yet on scope, but ID billing. Buzz is unique with European models supporting two-way charging:
The battery is mounted in the vehicle floor, giving the ID. Buzz nimble handling for a vehicle of its size. The alternating current (AC) charging power is 11 kW. Via a CCS connector to a DC (direct current) fast charging station, the charging power increases up to 170 kW. With DC fast charging, the battery charge level goes from 5% to 80% in just 30 minutes. Using the latest software, the ID. The Buzz model range will offer Plug & Charge functionality in the future.
The identity. Buzz should be marketed in Europe this year. If you are a US buyer, you will have to wait a bit. The North American model is expected to debut next year before going on sale in 2024.