As close to the real deal we've seen to date.
What could perhaps be Volkswagen's coolest vehicle in years won't have a combustion engine, like its adored ancestor, the VW Type 2 Bus once preferred by hippies and surfer types.
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz test mules are currently in various stages of testing, something our spy photographers first caught wind of back in February. But the test mule spotted at the time didn't look at all like the retro concept but rather the T6 van currently sold overseas. That's because it was wearing a fake body but not everyone was fooled. Today, however, Instagram user @red.david has caught the real deal.
Instead of the T6 body, the van you're looking at is a prototype of the ID.Buzz Cargo, a panel variant of the passenger van aimed directly at delivery companies and small business owners. The test mule is still wearing a decent amount of camouflage but we can easily make out the headlight design with the blacked-out VW emblem in between the LED headlights. There's a similar situation happening at the rear end with the logo covered and the final taillight design also being kept hidden.
We also get a better idea of the ID.Buzz's general size as it's parked directly next to a T6. Its more compact exterior dimensions could perhaps be deceiving as the overall interior volume will likely be equal to (if not greater than) the T6's due to the lack of a transmission tunnel other combustion engine vitals. Bear in mind the ID.Buzz rides on the same MEB platform as the ID.4.
The floor-mounted battery pack, as is the case with nearly all pure battery electrics, enables significantly more passenger and cargo volume. VW plans to offer the van with battery capacities ranging from 48 to 111 kWh and up to a 341-mile range on the WLTP testing cycle. There'll be a 150-kW electric motor at the rear axle powering the rear wheels and an AWD version will be optional.
Another cool feature is roof-mounted solar panels capable of boosting range by around 9 miles. Both ID.Buzz versions will further have the distinction of being the first all-electric vans to have fully autonomous driving. A 2023 debut is expected.