Volkswagen has clarified some new details about the release of ID.Buzz, the electric minibus that it premiered conceptually in 2017.
In addition, only the passenger version of the ID.Buzz will receive a US version, while Europe will see a commercial and passenger version of the electric minibus.
The base version of ID.Buzz will likely include a rear-wheel drive engine with 200 hp, while the more powerful version gets an all-wheel drive system and around 300 hp.
The European commercial version of ID.Buzz – first introduced as Buzz Cargo – has sensors and software that will enable autonomous capabilities, but the autonomous version will only be available after the regular edition is introduced.
Volkswagen, which also owns Audi, Skoda and Porsche, expects it to be the first autonomous vehicle ever to be launched.
The ID.Buzz is intended to be a clear tribute to the iconic vehicle the company sold in North America between 1950 and 1980.
The production versions are expected to deviate slightly from the sharp-faced original, as all batteries are installed under the floor.
When it is released, the ID.Buzz electric minibus joins the ID 3 hatchback, the ID 4 all-wheel drive and the ID 5 coupe that is due to be released soon as the latest member of Volkswagen’s fast-growing lineup of electric cars.
And China also gets ID 6 at some point in the future, Volkswagen’s ID electric range also includes concept versions of the large ID Roomzz SUV and ID Buggy dune buggy, all of which are built on Volkswagen’s electric vehicle platform known as the MEB.