VW ID.Buzz first look: An EV that makes vans cool again


We’re in the midst of an EV revolution and day by day it seems like there is a new electrical automotive, truck or SUV hitting the street. But in order for you an electrical van, your choices are much more restricted, which is exactly what VW is hoping to handle with the upcoming ID.Buzz.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t capable of attend the ID.Buzz’s , so after I heard that it will be making one other look on the New York International Auto Show, I made positive to cease by and test it out. Now technically, VW is not calling the ID.Buzz a van, so I’ll allow you to determine the place this factor matches amongst different EVs. But what we do know is that it’s slated to go on sale someday in 2024, that includes a 77-kWh battery with two rows of seats for the European mannequin (which is what model VW had on show) or a full three rows of seats and barely longer chassis for the US market. Other specs like its vary and value are nonetheless to be decided.

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But make no mistake, not like the numerous variety of we have seen over the previous 20 years, this can be a production-ready automotive, so it is kind of what you will see at sellers. And I feel it appears completely unbelievable, which is definitely form of spectacular. Normally, when you consider shopping for a van, it feels such as you’re giving up on being hip or cool in favor of practicality.

Just like the unique, VW has stored the Microbus’ two-toned coloration scheme. Though if that’s a bit a lot in your style, there can even be much less flashy single-color paint jobs. Meanwhile, to convey the Microbus’ design into the twenty first century, the company has gone minimalist with plenty of its particulars, choosing clear traces and a giant VW emblem in back and front, together with blacked-out pillars that makes the bus appear like it is carrying a visor.

Gallery: Photos of the VW ID.Buzz | 16 Photos

Gallery: Photos of the VW ID.Buzz | 16 Photos

Inside, VW continues the brand new styling by utilizing the identical diamond sample seen on the entrance grille, and a two-toned inside that includes animal-free upholstery and vegan leather-based. The infotainment system is just like what’s obtainable within the , with a small show behind the steering wheel and a bigger touchscreen within the middle sporting icons that might be made to match the Buzz’s paint job. There’s additionally a skinny lightstrip that runs throughout the bottom of the windshield that serves as a heads-up notification system, although I did not get to see it in motion as a result of it is usually solely energetic when the automotive is in movement.

My favourite factor in regards to the ID.Buzz’s inside are all of the little usability touches. I noticed at least 4 USB-C ports — one in each door — and I’m prepared to guess the US model may have at the very least one or two extra for third-row passengers. VW additionally made it so that you possibly can fully take away the middle console between the entrance seats, giving passengers extra room to maneuver about. It even threw in some enjoyable easter eggs like a smiley face behind the entrance passenger’s inside door deal with and little ID.Buzz logos on the rear windshield and the bottom of the rear seats. And whereas VW did not have it available, there’s even an adjunct that goes within the trunk to create a flat load shelf. That means you possibly can throw a mattress in again and use the Buzz for stuff like tenting, which was probably the greatest issues in regards to the outdated Microbus.

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Perhaps most significantly, once you step again and have a look at the long run van market, VW is main the best way with the ID.Buzz. Sure, Ford is engaged on an electrical model of the Transit, and Mercedes has an EV model of Sprinter. But these are designed to be business automobiles, not one thing that the common particular person may purchase. And that’s form of unhappy, as a result of hauling children or animals brief distances round city is the proper use case for an electrical car.

So when the ID.Buzz lastly arrives someday in 2024, it will be effectively forward of opponents just like the , which at present solely exists as a plug-in hybrid. Not solely has VW made what appears to be a fantastic reinterpretation of a basic, the ID.Buzz is a pioneering electrical van. Oh, and should you simply wish to haul stuff round, VW is planning to make a cargo model of the ID.Buzz too.

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