2022 Volkswagen ID Buzz EV MPV Unveiled
After the retro-futuristic EV reworking of the original Microbus was shown as a concept at the 2017 Detroit motor show, Volkswagen has finally taken the covers off the production-spec VW ID Buzz EV MPV.
The latest addition to the all-electric Volkswagen ID line-up will be sold in passenger and commercial vehicle guises – the latter known as the ID Buzz Cargo – with both models going on sale this year in a phased manner overseas. It will be produced in the same commercial vehicle factory in Hannover, Germany, as the existing Volkswagen Multivan.
Each variant will be available in a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive configuration at first, with power coming from the same rear-mounted synchronous electric motor as the other ID models with 201hp. In 2023, more powerful dual-motor variants with four-wheel drive will be added to the lineup, with a 2022 Volkswagen ID Buzz California camper van following in 2024.
Volkswagen plans to introduce a seven-seat long-wheelbase variant in 2023, in addition to the initial five-seat standard-wheelbase model. Both have a large vertical tailgate that opens at bumper level, as well as conventionally hinged front doors and sliding doors (optionally electrically powered) on either side at the back. The ID.Buzz Cargo comes with a single upward-hinging tailgate or windowless wing doors that open out on exposed steel hinges on both sides.
The production version, which is based on Volkswagen’s modular MEB (Modularen Elektrik Baukasten) electric vehicle platform, has a similar boxy profile to the concept but is more angular overall. It also gets a slightly higher-set rear windscreen for better crash protection and aerodynamic efficiency.
LED headlights with optional IQ Light functionality and adaptive full-beam dimming, as well as full-width LED taillights, have been redesigned to give them a more technical appearance. Wheel sizes range from 19 to 20 inches. The standard-wheelbase ID Buzz is 4,712mm long, 1,980mm wide, and 1,938mm tall, which is smaller than the original concept. The Volkswagen ID.3, ID.4, ID.5, and a Chinese-market ID.6 all have a 2,988mm wheelbase, which is the longest yet for a car based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform.
Inside, the driver sits in an ergonomically sound driving position in a cabin with a distinct design. The ID.4’s front seats are 261mm higher, allowing for better all-around visibility. The higher-spec Pro variant also includes armrests for a true captain’s chair feel. The high-mounted, minimalist dashboard is one-of-a-kind, housing a 5.3-inch digital instrument display as well as a standard 10-inch infotainment touchscreen – the latter of which is also available in 12 inches.
For gear selection, the 2022 Volkswagen ID Buzz gets a lever mounted on the steering column, whereas other ID models get a rocker-style controller mounted high on the end of the instrument display. It’s also used to control the two main drive modes: D (Drive) and B (Balance) (Battery). Volkswagen offers a variety of colour schemes, including a two-tone treatment, to help break up the large surfaces. Ambient lighting is also available to brighten various elements.
A compartment that hinges down from the base of the dashboard to reveal two large drink holders, as well as a pod-like centre console, housing both a bottle opener and ice scraper – dubbed the ‘Buzz Box’ – between the front seats and door trims, has been a priority in the cabin.
It also gets OTA (over-the-air) software update functionality via an embedded SIM card, similar to other ID models, allowing Volkswagen to update various functions as they are developed without the customer having to bring the ID. To a workshop, there’s a buzz. The new model includes over 30 different driver assistance systems in its most advanced configuration, including Car2X communication, local hazard warnings, and the latest version of Volkswagen’s Travel Assist, which includes an automated lane-change function at speeds up to 90kph.
The rear seat folds in a 60:40 configuration, but it cannot be removed to increase luggage capacity, which is rated at 1,121 litres beneath the cargo blind in the standard-wheelbase model and 2,205 litres with the rear backrests folded. Although the cargo floor isn’t completely flat, Volkswagen says the ID Buzz will be available with a raised floor as an option. Customers will be able to convert them back into a bed as a result of this.
The commercial vehicle version’s cargo area has a total volume of 3.9 cubic metres. 2,200mm, 1,250mm, and 1,700mm are the maximum load length, height, and width, respectively. It can hold two Euro pallets end to end as a result of this. The cabin and cargo areas are separated by a partition (with a window as an option). To keep goods secure, there are also fastening rails and up to six lashing eyes.
The initial 2022 Volkswagen ID Buzz model includes a 77kWh battery that is completely concealed within the floor structure, allowing for “a comparatively low centre of gravity for a van of such tall stature,” according to Volkswagen.
Asynchronous electric motor with 201 horsepower is mounted within the rear axle assembly to provide power. The rear wheels receive power through a fixed-ratio gearbox.
The battery can be charged at 11 kW using household electricity, 22 kW using an AC system, and 170 kW using a DC system. The ID is enabled by a Plug & Charge function. On appropriate stations, a buzz is used to communicate credit card data with the charger. It also allows you to use the ID with bi-directional charging on a DC wall box. To directly power household appliances or recharge home batteries, simply buzz.
The official range has yet to be revealed, but Volkswagen has hinted at a WLTP figure of around 400 kilometres. Other drivetrains in the works include a rear-wheel-drive, single-motor version with 168 horsepower and a four-wheel-drive, dual-motor GTX performance version with 295 horsepower.
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