It has been over half a decade since the Volkswagen ID. Buzz was unveiled as a concept at the 2017 NAIAS show in Detroit, but hey, the production version of the “Bulli” successor is finally here, and as promised 5 years ago, VW is offering both passenger and cargo variants. Market launch is gonna happen this autumn in Europe, with pre-orders commencing in May depending on the country. Also, VW has confirmed the ID. Buzz launch in North America as well. The electric Bulli will be produced by the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles division in Hanover, Germany.
Built around the Group’s Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) platform, the ID. Buzz van adopts a similar design language as its other ID. siblings. But most importantly, it retains most of the styling elements shown in the concept, including the dual-tone paint scheme and those three indented stripes kinda thing on the last pillars. Those indentations are not painted in the Cargo version.
As for the dimensions, the ID. Buzz measures 4,712 mm long, 1,985 mm wide, and up to 1,938 mm tall depending on the specification. It boasts a wheelbase of 2,988 mm. While the ID. Buzz is shorter than the T6.1, it is wider by about 81 mm.
Inside the ID. Buzz, the space appears to be generous, for both passengers and cargo. The passenger version offers seats for up to 5 people and a default luggage capacity of 1,121 litres and a total luggage capacity of up to 2,205 litres if the second-row seats are folded down. The ID. Buzz Cargo features a fixed partition separating off the 3,900 litres of cargo space. Also, notice the color-theme difference between the two variants.
Key features include ID. Light visual communication tech, Car2X local communication tech, optional Travel Assist with swarm data (facilitates partially automated driving across the entire speed range and, for the first time, assisted lane-changing on the motorway), bidirectional charging (Vehicle-to-Home) via a special DC bi-directional wall box, and a new Memory Function for automated parking on a previously saved route. And of course, the ID. Buzz has recycled content in seat upholstery, floor coverings and headliners.
At launch, the ID. Buzz is gonna be available as a single-motor rear-wheel-drive variant with 150 kW (204 metric hp) and 310 Nm (229 lb-ft) of torque. An 82 kWh battery pack (77 kWh usable) is claimed to offer a yet-to-be-disclosed range. However, VW is happy to share that the ID. Buzz can do a top speed of 145 km/h (90 mph). The battery pack can be DC fast-charged with up to 170 kW, with which, 5 to 80% SoC is claimed to be achieved in about 30 minutes.