Europe gets it later this year.
North America will see its long-wheelbase version in 2023 and it will go on sale in 2024.
The first versions will have the 82kWh battery and a single rear 201-horsepower electric motor.
The minivan is cool again – just don’t call it that. After waiting for more than five years since the Buzz’s first showing at the Detroit Auto Show in 2017, we are now finally seeing the production of the Volkswagen ID. Buzz. And it’s perfect.
Well, almost. The only true issue, at the moment, is that we North Americans will have to wait at least another year before we get to see our long-wheelbase version plus another full year before it officially goes on sale. Meanwhile, our European counterparts will be able to place an order come May and potentially take delivery of their new ID. Buzz in the third quarter.
In Europe, at first, the Buzz will be available with a single rear-mounted electric motor that will produce 201 horsepower and 229 lb.-ft. of torque. The sole battery option will be an 82kWh unit. Volkswagen states that powertrain variations will be announced at a later date. As with about 30% of all Volkswagen Group’s current EVs, the ID. Buzz and Buzz Cargo will be assembled upon the company’s Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) platform which already serves as the foundation for the ID.4. Based on this detail alone, we can safely assume that a dual-motor layout (from the ID.4 and good for 295 horsepower and 336 torques) will be on the menu. Other battery sizes should also become available in time. As well, the Buzz will be capable of handling 170 kW of charging power, an increase of 35 kW over the current ID.4.
Other than being an EV, there are two other reasons to lust after the Buzz. One is interior functionality and space. At first, the Buzz will offer seating for five over two rows. The number will increase to six via three rows of spots for two. Finally, the long-wheelbase iteration will enable seating for seven in a 2/3/2 arrangement. Depending on the configuration, the Buzz’s boot can offer up to 1,121 litres (39.6 cu ft) of luggage space.
Volkswagen promises plenty of technology onboard. As standard, the “minivan” will get a 10- inch Digital Cockpit display paired to a 10-inch infotainment system. A 12-inch touchscreen display with navigation will be optional. The same control bar with digital buttons and touch sliders located beneath the central screen from the ID.4 will also be included. The Buzz will be equipped with wireless App-Connect and a number of USB-C plugs.
The other and perhaps most compelling reason is styling.
“The T1 – an icon of the 1950s – represents freedom and the democratization of mobility. With the ID. Buzz, we are transferring the T1 DNA to the present day and thus into the era of electric mobility and sustainability”, says Jozef Kabaň, Head of Volkswagen Design. The looks of the ID. Buzz concept car shown as a world premiere in Detroit in 2017 has been systematically pursued for the full production version. Kabaň adds: “We very consciously ensured that we were not making another T1. The ID. Buzz shows that it is successfully transferring the genes and stylistic elements of that iconic vehicle into the digital era.”
The 2023 Volkswagen ID. Buzz is a truly modern interpretation of the T1 as it will feature short overhangs on both ends, upright sides, plenty of windowed surfaces, and an available two-tone color palette. And let’s not forget the oversized front “VW” logo. The full LED light adds to the vehicle’s character and depending on trim, the lights will glow briefly when it detects the keys. Also dependent on trim, wheel sizes will vary from 18 to 21 inches.
The ID. Buzz passenger van will include two sliding doors as standard while the second door will be an option on the cargo version. The tracks for the latter will serve, along with the headlights and taillights, to split the bus into two sections for the tow tone iterations. Colour combinations will consist of a choice of four shades with the upper section painted “Candy White”: ‘Lime Yellow’, ‘Starlight Blue’, ‘Energetic Orange’ or ‘Bay Leaf Green’. Single colour options will be as follows: ‘CandyWhite’,‘MonoSilver’,‘LimeYellow’,‘Starlight Blue’, ‘Energetic Orange’, ‘Bay Leaf Green’, and ’Deep Black’.
Here are quick facts and technical specifications breakdown from Volkswagen:
ID. Buzz (five-seater)
ID. Buzz Cargo (van, three seats in the front)
Start of ID. Buzz Cargo production: first half of 2022
Start of ID. Buzz production: first half of 2022
European launch (initial countries): third quarter of 2022
Start of advance sales in Europe (initial countries): May 2022
North American debut of long wheelbase: 2023
North American sales launch: 2024
Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB)
Width excluding wing mirrors: 1,985 mm (78.1 in)
Length: 4,712 mm (185.5 in)
Wheelbase: 2,988 mm (117.6 in)
ID. Buzz: up to 1,121 liters (39.6 cu ft)
ID. Buzz Cargo: 3.9 cubic meters (137.7 cu ft), room for two euro pallets
Type: all-electric rear-wheel drive
Max. power: 150 kW (201 horsepower)
Max. torque: 310 Nm (229 lb-ft)
Battery capacity: 82 kWh gross, 77 kWh net
AC charging power (alternating current): 11 kWh
DC charging power (direct current) at fast-charging stations: up to 170
Driving performance and turning circle
Top speed: 145 km/h, electronically limited (90 mph)
Driving range: to follow at a later date
Turning circle: just over 11 meters (36.4 ft)
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