Volkswagen ID. Buzz electric van and minibus: pictures, specs and on-sale date

Retro-inspired Volkswagen ID. Buzz electric van and minibus has also been photographed testing in close-to-production form, before it goes on sale next year

Volkswagen has provided us with our best look yet at the all-electric ID. Buzz minibus and van. The new model, inspired by the brand’s iconic Type 2 campervan from the 1950s is set to go on sale in 2022, and rival the likes of the Citroen e-SpaceTourer and Mercedes EQV, among others. 

The image of the camouflaged ID. Buzz was shared by Volkswagen passenger-cars chief Ralf Brandstaetter on social media, with the forthcoming model featuring the brand’s badge on its nose, a swept-back windscreen and smooth surfacing – much like the original Microbus that inspired it. 

However, we've also spied a close-to-production prototype of the new pure-electric minibus testing near the Arctic Circle (below) sporting slim LED headlights and taillights and a perforated front bumper. These cues are taken from the other models in the Volkswagen’s ID. range of electric cars; this currently includes the ID.3 hatchback, ID.4 SUV and the ID.5 coupe-SUV. A Passat-sized hatchback and estate based on the ID.Vizzion concept has been photographed testing recently as well. 

Like the rest of the model in the ID family, the ID.Buzz will be based on the MEB mechanical platform that also serves as the underpinnings for the Audi Q4 e-tron, Cupra Born and Skoda Enyaq iV. Battery capacities ranging from 48 to 111kWh will be offered, for an estimated driving range of up to around 340 miles. 

Both single- and dual-motor powertrain options are expected, too, with a 201bhp single-motor, rear-wheel-drive option sitting at the lower end of the line-up. A four wheel-drive, dual-motor version could have up to 295bhp on tap.

Like the rest of Volkswagen’s MEB electric vehicles, the ID. Buzz should also offer support for rapid charging speeds up to 135kW, which allows customers to top up a 77kWh battery from 0-80% in 26 minutes.

Another camouflaged prototype of the panel-van variant – which will be called the ID. Buzz Cargo – was officially unveiled by Volkswagen at the IAA Mobility show in Munich, serving as a testbed for self-driving technology developed in conjunction with Argo AI.

No exact launch date for the ID. Buzz has yet to be announced, but it’s likely to be unveiled in the latter part of 2022, with first deliveries in early 2023. The arrival of the ID. Buzz means there won't be a fully electric version of the new T7-generation Volkswagen Multivan minibus, but that model has adopted plug-in hybrid power for its latest generation and can cover up to 30 miles on electric power alone.

The forthcoming ID. Buzz was first previewed by a concept version unveiled back in 2017 (pictured above). It featured the same largely flat front end with a big 'VW' badge as the camouflaged models we’ve now seen, plus two-tone paintwork and touchpad steering wheel.

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