Volkswagen clarified some new details about the release of the ID Buzz, the electric microbus we first saw in concept form in 2017.
In an interview with Car and driver VW’s head of commercial vehicles, Carsten Intra, confirmed previous reports that the ID Buzz was released in the US postponed from 2022 to 2023In addition, only the passenger version of the ID Buzz got a US release, while Europe would see both a commercial and passenger version of the van.
The entry-level version of the ID Buzz is likely to have rear-wheel drive and 200 horsepower, while a more powerful trim level would get four-wheel drive and around 300 horsepower, Car and driver reports.
In Europe, the commercial version of the ID Buzz – first introduced as the Buzz Cargo – would have sensors and software that would enable autonomous capabilities. But a self-driving version of the Buzz won’t be available until after the regular version is released. The VW group, which also owns Audi, Skoda and Porsche, expects it to be its first ever autonomous vehicle.
The ID Buzz is intended to be a clear tribute to the iconic vehicle the company sold in North America between 1950 and 1980. The production versions are expected to deviate little from the blunt original. (All batteries are mounted under the floor.)
Upon release, the ID Buzz will join the ID 3 hatchback, ID 4 compact SUV and soon to be released ID 5 coupé as the latest member of VW’s fast-growing electric vehicle line-up. China will also receive an elongated ID 6 in the future. VW’s ID electric line-up also includes concept versions of a large SUV (ID Roomzz) and a dune buggy (ID Buggy). They are all built on Volkswagen’s modular electric vehicle platform known as MEB.