Volkswagen Building Retro-Inspired Electric Beach Buggy

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A report claims Volkswagen’s electric beach buggy will debut in Geneva next year.

Looks like the Microbus isn’t the only classic model Volkswagen is reviving, as Autocar claims the automaker is also planning to resurrect the 1960s Meyers Manx beach buggy as a modern electric car featuring the same modular electric architecture and electric drivetrain that will power the I.D. hatchback launching next year. According to Autocar, the electric beach buggy is currently being built at Volkswagen’s Braunschweig-based research and development center in Germany.

The design is said to be a modern-day interpretation of the original rear-engined, Beetle-based Manx buggy, featuring an open-top design with a low-down body, a free-standing windshield, a roll-bar and large wheels. The Volkswagen Buggy Up concept unveiled back in 2011 could also offer some clues of the final design.

Other details are scarce for now, but VW is apparently considering launching the electric buggy as part of its upcoming I.D. range. The first I.D. model will be a production version of the I.D. hatchback concept, which will be unveiled in Q3 2019, while the production version of the I.D. Crozz will be the first electric VW model available in America.

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An unnamed source has also revealed to Autocar that the new beach buggy is one of three retro-inspired I.D. models VW has planned. It will complement the Microbus-inspired Buzz van and a top-secret new five-door hatchback model heavily inspired by the Beetle, which is finishing production with the Beetle Final Edition. This also wouldn't be the first time the Beetle has been rumored to make a comeback as a fully electric model. Earlier reports also suggested it could have rear-wheel drive. If Autocar’s claims are correct, we can expect to see Volkswagen's electric buggy debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March.

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