All-new electric Volkswagen ID. Buzz teased ahead of launch

First official look at the forthcoming VW ID. Buzz previews what the new electric minibus will look like

  • Based on the VW ID. Buzz concept car
  • Up to eight seats
  • Single and dual motor powertrains expected

The forthcoming Volkswagen ID. Buzz has been officially teased for the first time, along with the news that the new model will be unveiled in March 2022. When it arrives, the ID.Buzz will be the fourth addition to VW’s pure-electric ‘ID’ model range, joining the ID.3 hatchback, ID.4 SUV and new ID.5 coupe-SUV.

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The unveiling came from Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstätter, who exclaimed the new car will be the brand’s “most iconic, emotional and likable model ever”, forming a part of the car maker’s promise to offer at least 70% of its model line-up with an electric powertrain by 2030.

The ID. Buzz was first showcased back in 2017 at the Detroit motor show in concept form, with VW demonstrating its potential to be used as a camper or a van – a breadth of talents that’s very similar to the VW Microbus of 1950, also known as the Type 2.

While full specifications are yet to be revealed for the forthcoming production version, it’s thought it will be available in a variety of specifications including an eight-seat minibus and as a commercial cargo van. Rivals will include the Citroen e-SpaceTourer, Mercedes EQV, Peugeot e-Traveller, Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life.

2022 Volkswagen ID. Buzz: design and styling

The new images shows a camouflaged ID. Buzz prototype, giving us our clearest look yet at the forthcoming production model.

At the front, it's clear the styling borrows from the ID.3 and ID.4 models with a slim headlight design, and a full-width LED light bar sitting above the blanked-off front grille. Beneath this, the front bumper has hexagonal air intakes running the full width of the nose.

The car’s profile starts with a steeply angled front windscreen and dimensions indicating it will accommodate three rows of seating in the passenger model, with a rear sliding door and large aerodynamic alloy wheels. Buyers can also expect a vast amount of storage space for the commercial van version, called the ID. Buzz Cargo. Previous sightings of a prototype undergoing testing have confirmed the charging port will be located on the front wing of the car.

The rear will also borrow styling cues from the ID.4 and ID.5, with a slim LED tail light design that could feature a full-width light bar.

Platform, powertrains and charging

Like all of the Volkswagen ID models, the ID. Buzz is based on the brand’s MEB platform, which has been designed specifically for pure-electric cars. It’s already used in several VW Group models, including the Audi Q4 e-tron, Cupra BornSkoda Enyaq iV and VW ID.3 and ID.4.

While powertrain details are yet to be revealed, it’s likely the 201bbhp single-electric motor setup from the ID.3 and ID.4 will be available, along with a more powerful dual-motor setup. Battery sizes are expected to range from 48 to 111kWh in capacity, giving an estimated range of around 340 miles in the top version. Rapid charging is also expected to feature, with 125kW charging capacity likely.

Interior and practicality

These latest images give a glimpse of the ID. Buzz’s interior, which appears to use several parts from the other ID models. The steering wheel, digital dial cluster and gear selector feature a very similar design to those in the ID.3 and ID.4, along with the touchscreen infotainment screen. We’d also expect VW to fit touch-sensitive buttons for the ventilation and stereo controls from the existing ID models as well. 

With a boxy shape the inside will offer plenty of space, which is helped by the battery being mounted in the chassis. This means the floor of the car will be almost entirely flat with enough room for up to eight passengers or a vast cargo space. It’s thought that the ID. Buzz will be offered as a commercial van, a kombi van with two rows of seats and as a full eight-seater minibus. 

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