It looks like the concept vehicle.
Originally revealed as a concept in 2017, the 2024 Volkswagen ID.Buzz is set to revive the iconic VW Bus as an electric vehicle for a modern era. Thus far, the ID.Buzz has faced major delays and in spy shots, it's been covered by heavy camouflage to resemble a gas-powered T6 transporter. Anyone who saw these previous spy shots may be disappointed, thinking VW has ditched the retro styling first seen on the concept. But we knew the T6 bodywork was just a disguise and today we are happy to reveal a better idea of what the production ID.Buzz will look like.
After capturing a brief glimpse of the vehicle last month, our photographers captured the ID.Buzz out testing in the Alps. The mule is still camouflaged but it no longer resembles a T6 on the exterior. We can finally get excited about the design.
It appears many styling elements from the concept will make their way to production. The headlights look pretty similar to the original design, and there is a ton of glass behind the A-pillar to improve frontward visibility. Some obvious concept details were ditched, including the painted lower grille with integrated lights, digital camera side mirrors, ultra-funky wheels, and super slim taillights. We won't give VW too much flack because the design still looks great.
This test mule appears to be the cargo version, which will have solid panels in the back rather than windows like the passenger version. We can't tell for sure, though, because VW covered the sides in foil, possibly to make it look as though there are no windows in the back.
We don't know which battery size(s) will be offered in the United States, but in Europe the ID.Buzz will come with packs ranging from 48 to 111 kWh, enabling up to 550 kilometers (342 miles) on the WLTP testing cycle. A roof-mounted solar panel could add an additional 15 kilometers (9.3 miles). It will share an electric motor with other ID-branded models such as the ID.4, sending 201 horsepower to the rear wheels. An all-wheel-drive model will likely produce 302 hp, as it does in the ID.4 GTX.
The ID.Buzz is expected to go on sale as a 2024 model year vehicle, meaning we could see a production model revealed next year or in 2023. By 2025, VW claims it will have autonomous capacity in commercial guise.