All-new electric Volkswagen ID. Buzz spotted testing ahead of launch

Retro VW ID. Buzz prototype indicates new electric minibus is nearing production

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

The production version of the forthcoming Volkswagen ID. Buzz has been spotted for the first time with minimal camouflage. The new model will be the third addition to VW’s pure-electric ‘ID’ model range, joining the ID.3 hatchback and ID.4 SUV. While no official launch date has been announced, it's expected to be unveiled late next year. 

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The ID. Buzz was first teased back in 2017 at the Detroit motor show in concept form, with VW showcasing 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 production version, it’s thought it will be available in a variety of different specifications including an eight-seat minibus and as a commercial cargo van. When it goes on sale, rivals will include the Citroen e-SpaceTourer, Peugeot e-Traveller, Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life and Mercedes EQV.

2022 Volkswagen ID. Buzz: design and styling 

These new spy shots show an ID. Buzz prototype with minimal camouflage, giving us our clearest look yet at the production model. 

At the front, it's clear the nose of the car borrows from the ID.3 and ID.4 models with a similar headlight design with a blanked off front grille. The front bumper has matching air intakes. The side profile starts with an upright front windscreen and dimensions indicating it will accommodate three rows of seating in the passenger model. Buyers can also expect a vast amount of storage space for the commercial van version. A charging port is located on the front wing confirming its electric powertrain. 

The rear of the cars also borrows styling cues from the ID.4, with a similar tail light design which could be joined by a full-width light bar in production models. 

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 VW ID.3 and ID.4, the Skoda Enyaq and the Audi Q4 e-tron. 

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 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. 

Read our top picks for the best electric cars and the best electric SUVs you can buy today. 

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