Volkswagen is doubling down on its electrified future, and if its new, retro-modern I.D. BUZZ concept is any indication, fans of the once-hip brand have a lot to look forward to.
The new BUZZ, the fifth Type II Microbus-based concept the company’s shown in roughly 15 years, captures much of the original VW bus appeal, and wraps it in a functional, forward-thinking body.
The concept car was designed to achieve 600 kilometres of battery range with seating for eight, and room for at least a couple of surfboards on the roof.
“By 2025, we want to sell one million electric cars per year, making e-mobility the new trademark of Volkswagen,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, chairman of the Volkswagen Board of Management.
The I.D. BUZZ concept thus kills two birds with one stone—it serves as a celebration of VW’s characterful heritage while adding to the brand’s new I.D. lineup of affordable electric cars.
“From 2020 onwards we will launch our I.D. family, a new generation of fully electric, fully connected cars,” said Diess. “The I.D. family will be affordable for millions, not just to millionaires.”
The I.D. BUZZ concept features all-wheel drive with electric motors on the front and rear axles. It also sports a fully-automated driving mode called the I.D. Pilot.
Performance is said to be rather sprightly, thanks to a combined output of over 300 horsepower from its electric motors, enabling the BUZZ reach 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds before achieving a top speed of 160 km/h.
The I.D. BUZZ concept follows the compact car I.D. concept unveiled by VW at the Paris Auto Show last year.
If VW decides to build the BUZZ for mass consumption, expect it to arrive around 2025.