Volkswagen’s I.D. Buzz Is Microbus-Inspired And All Electric

Jan 10, 2017 10:30 AM EST | Lasitha

Volkswagen has been teasing auto lovers with its concept of small minibus from the 21-window Microbus, from Bulli to Budd-e. However the automaker has not yet committed to the production on any of them.

However, the launch of the new I.D. Buzz shows that Volkswagen clearly has a desire from up top to make a car like this. All eyes are on the company to start making it.

The Buzz has made its debut at the 2017 Detroit motor show. It has everything that a modern day car needs. Be it the 369bhp of electric power or the claimed 373-mile range figure, everything matches most of the petrol cars, reported Top Gear.

The car also has self-driving functions and the front seats can swivel 180 degrees to face the rear passengers when 'I.D. Pilot' autonomous mode is engaged. The car also boasts of excellent connectivity with the car recognising its users' smart phones, to personalise their experience, and all of its key data displayed via an augmented reality display in the driver's line of sight, reported CNET.

Both interior and exterior of car are boastful of VW's past. It has the ability to either seat eight or sleep several inside. It has an unmistakable two-tone colour scheme outside. The Buzz is about the same size as a VW Touareg, making it larger than previous Microbus-inspired concepts.

The I.D. buzz has electric motors at both axles which makes it a four-wheel drive, with 0-60mph arriving in around five seconds and its top speed limited to 99mph, to preserve battery life. The batteries are appropriately placed to help both handling and interior space.

The Buzz has the name which refers to both the noise of an electric car, and the 'bus' of the Microbus name. This is the second Volkswagen I.D. concept that has been released. The company's electric car push continues and the virtues of its new scalable MEB electric car platform are revealed.

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