Volkswagen has just announced the rebirth of an icon. Love it or loathe it, you cannot deny that their microbus/camper was the original all-singing surf wagon. And now, VW says they're about to roll out a brand new version – this time built as an all-electric vehicle.
This new ID Buzz Microbus was first unveiled back in January, at an auto show in Detroit. But the vehicle's production has just been green lit by VW division chief Herbert Diess, who told Auto Express: “Emotional cars are very important for the brand.
''We are selling loads of Beetles still, particularly in U.S. markets. But we will also have the Microbus that we showed, which we have recently decided we will build.”
For VW, it's the resurrection of a classic – the first VW microbus was built in the 50s, with production eventually closing down in 2013. This new incarnation will be built on a modular electric drive and the company claimed it could run for around 370 miles on a charge, based on the New European Drive Cycle. In the US, the EPA said it would give it a 270-mile range.
The new microbus will also come with level 3 self driving features, classified as “eyes off”. This means the driver can safely get on with other tasks away from the steering wheel. The car will auto emergency brake, so that is handy. But the driver must still need to be prepared to take action, within a limited time. The seats are adjustable so there's apparently of space to sleep at night, or sling a board in.
It is hoped the new microbus will go in to production in 2021 or 2022. Will you be queuing to buy one?