The reborn Microbus made a cheeky cameo during the ID.5 reveal event.
This week, the Volkswagen ID.5 and its sporty GTX sibling were revealed to the world as the German automaker's first-ever electric coupe SUVs. Think of the ID.5 as a coupe SUV version of the ID.4. Its sloping roofline means it's less practical but more stylish than its ID.4 sibling, though it sadly won't be coming to America.
If you watched the ID.5 livestream reveal event, you may have noticed another new model that made a cheeky cameo appearance: the ID.Buzz. VW's reborn Microbus was previewed as a concept at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Now, four years later, it's nearly ready for production.
The ID.Buzz was briefly shown during the end of the ID.5's livestream event with less camouflage than prototypes we've seen in spy shots. With only a colorful wrap covering the body, this is the most revealing look yet at VW's electric Microbus. The front bumper is now fully visible with a honeycomb grille design and a full-width light bar connects the front headlights like on other ID. models. We don't get a look at the rear, but spy shots of prototypes and certain frontal angles show that the ID.Buzz will have LED taillights that extend onto the rear fenders. Overall, the production model isn't a drastic departure from the original concept.
New photos sent by our spy photographers this week revealed the production ID.Buzz's interior for the first time with a digital gauge cluster and a large touchscreen carried over from the ID.4, which is underpinned by the same MEB platform. Volkswagen has also been caught testing the EV's autonomous driving capabilities as the ID. Buzz will be the first fully autonomous electric van in 2025.
The production ID.Buzz will be available either as a passenger or cargo van with battery capacities ranging from 48 to 111 kWh and a range of up to 341 miles. A 200-horsepower electric motor will drive the rear wheels but AWD will be optional. VW confirmed the production ID.Buzz will debut early next year but it isn't expected to go on sale until 2023 in the US, where it will only be sold as a passenger van.