The announcement came during the Amelia Concours d'Elegance this past weekend.
Volkswagen announced last weekend at Amelia Concours d'Elegance that the ID. Buzz long wheelbase will debut in California this summer and has now confirmed that June is the scheduled month for its launch. The announcement came as the company hosted an exclusive class of Type 2 Transporters at the exclusive event to celebrate the upcoming electric van.
"We are excited that the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is hosting a class for the humble Type 2 Bus," said Cameron Batten, Chief Communications Officer, Volkswagen Group of America. The Volkswagen Bus is a cultural icon in America and we can't wait to write the next chapter in its history with the introduction of the ID. Buzz, its electric successor for the 21st century."
The company brought along a short wheelbase, European version to again tease the American debut like it frequently has in the past. We've known our version, the ID. Buzz long wheelbase, is set to hit our shores in 2024, but until now details have been practically nonexistent.
What we do know is that the vehicle will pack a whopping 10.6 inches on the European one, and will most certainly come with an optional dual-motor version that should make 310 horsepower. The model will have three rows and is meant to be an electric alternative to the Chrysler Pacifica and Kia Carnivals of the world as a much more stylish and functional family hauler.
The extra length of the vehicle is going directly to the wheelbase and not to either overhang because VW wanted a vehicle that will be comfortable for any type of passenger and not just children.
With this extra length and room, more possibilities have opened up, and VW aims to seize them. A camper version is already in the works, and will most likely feature some more body cladding and a slight increase in height. We can only hope it will include an expandable roof, but since it's set to debut in 2025 we'll have a while before we find out.
There have also been rumors of a pickup version of the vehicle being discussed at the company. Last fall, VW released a few concepts, and one was a cargo box variant that very much seemed to outline the possibilities of such a model.
VW even released some renderings of what an uncovered unit would look like and whether in the utilitarian guise or not, the model certainly seems like it could have potential. This one has a much longer shot of making it to our shores even if they do produce it though, so don't get your hopes up.
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