Volkswagen Microbus will take design cues from the iconic T1 and T2 with electric drivetrain from the ID range based on MEB platform
Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess has confirmed that a modernised electric version of the Microbus is certainly in the making and has been given the green light recently. The production model will take design inspiration from the T1 and T2 classics and will be influenced by the futuristic ID electric series. He said that emotional cars like the Beetle are very significant for the German brand and thus the concept of a Microbus is not being scrapped.
Based on the new MEB platform, the electric MPV was previewed by the ID Buzz concept at this year’s Detroit Motor Show. Apart from the emotional value the Microbus carries, its functionality and easy to use attitude will make it a perfect family campaigner. As it is easy to play around the front of an EV due to the non-existence of conventional powertrain, the Microbus will retain its classic appearance.
The ID Buzz was compared to the Renault Scenic as it looks like an MPV crossed with SUV. It could get variations as in the classic T1 like a pick-up or camper van or Samba. The ID Buzz concept was the second member of the ID family to be released following the ID concept late last year in Paris. It was initially perceived to be a production version of the MOIA ride-sharing company that will be launched in 2020.
There were plenty of retro design cues like the signature boxy shape, space age interior, short overhangs, bleak front fascia, a big VW badge and dual-tone paint job alongside wraparound LED lights and beefier 22-inch wheels. However, the most defining character of the ID Buzz minivan concept is the enormous space, with eight-seat configuration and adjustable rear seats with driver seat capable of rotating 180 degrees.
With motor and battery pack installed underneath the floor, the combined power output was rated at 369 bhp. Because of electric motor on each axle, the concept was an all-wheel-drive model with luggage carrying spaces up front and rear. The 0-100 kmph time was claimed at just five seconds with a top speed of 99 mph (160 kmph) while the EV was said to have a drive range between 270 and 373 miles (435 km and 600 km).