Volkswagen ID. Buggy concept revealed at Geneva

Electric Volkswagen ID. Buggy concept car revealed at the Geneva Motor Show

The Volkswagen ID. Buggy electric concept has been revealed for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show.

The German carmaker says the purpose of the ID. Buggy is to demonstrate the flexibility of its new MEB platform, which the company hopes will be suitable for both mass-production and low-volume electric vehicles.

The platform will underpin the carmaker’s forthcoming electric range, including the ID. hatchback, the ID. Crozz SUV and ID. Buzz microbus.

Volkswagen ID. Buggy performance

The Volkswagen ID. Buggy is powered by a 201bhp electric motor, mounted at the back for rear-wheel-drive. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 7.2 seconds, with the top speed limited to 99mph.

The battery is a 62kWh unit – the same size expected in the top-spec ID. hatchback – and Volkswagen says it'll deliver a range of 155 miles on the WLTP test cycle.

No charging information has been revealed, but if the ID. Buggy were to offer the same 125kW rapid charging capability expected on the ID. hatchback, a 0-80% top up would take no more than 45 minutes via a CCS connector.

Volkswagen ID. Buggy design

Volkswagen says the ID. Buggy concept has been inspired by American dune buggies of the 1960s and 1970s, which were built on chassis derived from the popular Beetle.

The body of the car is made from just two fibreglass panels, with a roll hoop offering protection to occupants in the event of the Buggy overturning. A detachable canopy offers some protection from the elements, although the doors remain open at all times.

The ID. Buggy rides on 18-inch wheels, with BF Goodrich off-road tyres giving the concept a good deal of go-anywhere pedigree.

Meanwhile the absence of a grille at the front – together with LED highlights and split-tone paint job – should make its electric status obvious to onlookers.

“A buggy is more than a car,” said Volkswagen’s head designer Klaus Bischoff. “It is vibrancy and energy on four wheels. These attributes are embodied by the new e-buggy, which demonstrates how a modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic can look and, more than anything else, the emotional bond that electric mobility can create.”

Inside, the panel that forms the nose of the ID. Buggy creates a deep storage shelf underneath the windscreen. Unlike most modern cars, there’s no infotainment system: instead, Bluetooth connectivity allows a smartphone to be connected to the car’s speakers.

Audio playback is controlled with touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel. Meanwhile, a digital driver’s display shows the vehicle’s speed, with column stalks operating the indicators, lights and drive mode selector; Drive, Neutral, Reverse and Park settings are offered.

Elsewhere, there’s a zipped cubby for small items in the centre of the footwell, with a larger storage area in the rear for bigger items. The seats are made from a waterproof material so they can be hosed down after muddy off-roading, with drainage holes in the floor to allow water to escape from the cabin.

It isn’t yet known if the ID. Buggy concept will lead to a production model in the future, but Volkswagen isn’t ruling it out at this stage.