After seeing several Volkswagen ID Buzz mules wearing Transporter T6.1 bodies earlier this week we saw the very first prototype wearing its final production body. It was still camouflaged and disguised as a Renault van, but we were able to understand what the final production version would look like.
On this basis, I created this rendering which should be very close to the look of the final vehicle that Volkswagen will unveil this year. It will be the automaker’s first utility-type vehicle backed by its MEB platform, which is specifically designed for fully electric vehicles.
We currently don’t know what the model will end up being called in production form – ID Buzz was the name of the original concept, but we’re pretty sure it won’t stay the same for production. Volkswagen does not want to replace the Carrier and the Multivan line of vehicles with the new electric van – it will be touted as a more electric and back-infused replacement for the Touran, according to some sources.
There will be both passenger and cargo versions of the Buzz (although the latter will likely be exclusive to Europe), with battery capacities ranging from 48 kWh to 110 kWh. These should give the vehicle a range of between 435 km and 600 km (270 – 373 miles) on the WLTP test cycle.
We do not yet have an indication of how much VW will make the production buzz; the original concept from 2017 had all-wheel drive and combined power from its two 369-horsepower engines. There’s unlikely to be such a powerful version (although we’re pretty sure all-wheel drive will be offered), but the more powerful version could get the same 302 horsepower as the current VW ID.4 GTX. .