An internal document has revealed a sportier variant, along with several other interesting details.
While Volkswagen has plans to rule the electric car roost, things are moving slowly in the USA. The ID.4 crossover is the company's sole EV offering in the States, but that's set to change soon with the ID.Buzz and ID.Aero waiting in the wings. Ahead of the 2024 arrival, an internal document provides us with additional details about the electric minivan.
First discovered by the VWIDTalk forum, the leaked presentation has confirmed a high-performance GTX model will arrive. This is hugely exciting, as it would provide the ID.Buzz with great performance. The standard model is expected to debut with 201 horsepower on tap but if the sportier variant uses the same setup as the ID.4 and ID.5 GTX, we can expect close to 300 hp.
That's not the only exciting development. The longer derivative (the only model heading to the USA) will actually receive a longer wheelbase and not just lengthened rear overhangs, as seen with the European T7 minivan. We can also expect the single-motor RWD derivative to be joined by an all-wheel drive model.
As you can see in the image below, the planned LWB variant will be notably longer than the regular model, which isn't expected to arrive in the USA. While details are scarce, it's safe to assume the GTX model will be all-wheel drive, but we anticipate lesser models will also be made available with the grippier drive configuration.
Of course, the regular five-seater model won't be suitable for large families, so a six-and seven-seater has been expected for some time. The seven-seater configuration can be seen below and should offer plenty of space even in the third row. This appears to be the short-wheelbase model, so we can expect even more seating in the planned LWB ID.Buzz.
It's entirely possible that an eight- or 11-seater will be offered for commercial duties, such as shuttling hotel clients to and fro. We wouldn't dismiss this possibility, as the ID.Buzz has already proven itself as a flexible platform - a pickup truck version may even be in the cards.
Clever packaging has provided the ID.Buzz with some unique talents. As per the Volkswagen presentation, it can rival the T6.1 for interior space despite being notably smaller outside. This has been achieved with clever packaging and, of course, the lack of an engine and transmission.
And for customers of the Cargo model, the overall size shouldn't come to the detriment of delivery drivers. VW claims the electric van is just as nimble as a Golf 8, which should come in handy on cramped European streets. It seems Volkswagen is determined to offer an ID.Buzz flavor for everyone; we'd take ours in GTX guise, thanks.
But expect more, as the leaked document says "there's more to come."