Volkswagen’s iconic bus returns to stand the test of time
Volkswagen has been teasing the return of its iconic T1 bus for decades now. We’ve seen concept art, spy photos, rumors, and teasers for years. Finally, the finished product arrived. All new and fully electrified, the ID. Buzz is VW’s evolutionary minivan.
The manufacturing identifier. Buzz has come a long way since the official renders released in 2017. The proportions are much more geared towards traditional production than the futuristic classic, likely due to crash and pedestrian safety regulations. But it’s still a unique look that’s instantly identifiable on the road. Underneath you’ll find VW’s familiar MEB modular electrical architecture, the same platform used on the ID.3 and ID.4 hatchbacks. The standard identifier. Buzz will come with two front doors and two sliding doors for rear passenger access, as well as a rear swing-out hatch. There will also be a business-focused “Cargo” model without rear seats, offering 137.7 cubic feet of total rear space. Long-wheelbase versions of both models will arrive in 2023.
Like the original T1, this bus won’t be very fast. Under the floor of the ID. Buzz is an 82kWh battery that sends power to a single motor driving the rear wheels, rated at 201hp and 229lb-ft of torque. VW hasn’t released 0-60 estimates, but says the ID. Buzz will have a top speed electronically limited to 90 mph. Thanks to DC fast charging, the battery charge can go from 5 to 80% in just 30 minutes. Range estimates have yet to be released.
The van will be available in 11 different exterior finishes. There are seven monochromatic options and, in keeping with the tradition of the original T1, four two-tone options. Inside, you’ll find a 10-inch infotainment screen mated to a 10-inch gauge cluster display, along with a steering wheel-mounted stalk to switch between Drive, Neutral and Reverse. A 12-inch infotainment screen with Nav is optional in Europe. In the passenger version, a five-seat layout is standard, but VW claims a six-seat version with a center seat in the front will come later. Long-wheelbase vans will have a seven-passenger layout available.
VW says we’ll have to wait until 2023 to see the US-specific ID. Buzz, with sales starting in 2024. The company says our version will be based on the long-wheelbase passenger model, but has yet to release details on whether the powertrain will be different. There’s no word yet on pricing either. We’ll have a better idea of what to expect once the first models go on sale across the Atlantic later this year.
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