The real deal is almost here.
The return of the iconic Volkswagen bus is happening soon. The production version of the ID.Buzz concept, first introduced to the world at the Detroit Auto Show way back in 2017, will make its official debut on March 9. How do we know this for certain? Because none other than Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess just made the announcement on Twitter, complete with a cool animated drawing.
"The legend returns on 03/09/22!" the caption reads. To be clear: this is not September 9, for any overseas readers. In America, the month is listed first, not second. We've known for a few months that the German automaker has entered the final development stages with the MEB platform-based EV van/bus based on several sets of spy shots taken by our photographers. VW has big plans for the ID.Buzz (a name change is possible).
Not only will it be for sale as a regular passenger vehicle anyone can buy, but also as an anonymous taxi in European cities. A cargo van variant with panels instead of glass windows and a camper van are also upcoming. The latter in particular is something to be excited about as it'll be ideal for long-distance road trips. VW is determined to make range anxiety a thing of the past thanks to the van's total range of around 300 miles on a single charge.
A range of battery sizes will be available, from a 48 kWh unit to 111 kWh. Base models are likely to come with a 201 horsepower single-motor, rear-wheel-drive setup. Higher trims will have a dual-motor and AWD. Rapid charging is also said to come standard.
The carmaker's charging infrastructure subsidiary, Electrify America, aims to provide plenty of charging stations coast to coast. Production will take place at VW's Hanover, Germany plant. We don't know just yet when sales will get underway but there's a good chance VW will begin taking reservations following the reveal.
The already canceled 2022 Geneva Motor Show normally takes place in March, so we can rule out that event for the debut. More than likely, VW will host a virtual event instead. Assuming everything remains on schedule (who knows these days, right?), the reborn VW bus will be on America's roads and highways sometime in 2023.