This Is Volkswagen's Next Big Reveal

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The ID.Buzz is undergoing final testing.

The upcoming Volkswagen ID.Buzz has been spotted testing once again. Most previous prototypes our spy photographers have snapped were painted white with additional body camouflage. This time, the test mule in question is all black but the camo is still present. VW's testing team is trying to fool us into thinking this is something other than the reborn and now fully-electric microbus.

There's a false headlight design, fake fog lights, charging port, and indicators found on the front fenders. Normally, the real side indicators are located in the side mirrors while the charging port is placed at the right rear fender. This could very well be the final round of spy shots as the German automaker is reportedly only weeks away from a full reveal.

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It released a teaser only last week confirming 2022 is the big debut year. VW promises its new electric van has "the DNA of an icon." Based on the original concept and the spy shots we've seen, this is certainly true design-wise. But the original microbus was extremely affordable and we hope that'll remain the case.

No indication has been given regarding the price tag, but the ID.4 crossover, also built on the MEB architecture, carries a starting price tag of $39,995, not factoring in the $7,500 federal tax credit and other state-by-state incentives. Assuming all goes to schedule, the new bus will go on sale in the US in late 2023 as a 2024 model.

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Production is likely to commence in 2022 in Germany, meaning overseas markets, mainly Europe, are expected to get the ID.Buzz first. Both Europe and the US will be getting versions specced specifically to those markets. For example, the US has a four-seat ride-hailing variant on the way while Europe will get a six-seater for carpooling. A cargo van with paneled windows is on the horizon for both markets.

For Europe, the ID.Buzz will come powered by a range of battery pack options, from 48 kWh to 111 kWh, the latter enabling up to 342 miles on a single charge per the WLTP testing cycle. We don't know which battery setup the US is slated to get, but with the reveal happening very soon, that question and many more will finally be answered.

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