The new 2024 Volkswagen ID. Buzz LWB represents a modern reinterpretation of the iconic Volkswagen T2, a car that roamed all the corners of the world in various adventures. The German automaker takes a zero-emission approach and offers a fully electric alternative in the microbus market.
Coming with a lengthened wheelbase, the North American version of the ID.Buzz provides ample cargo space and accommodates three rows of seats, compared to the two rows of the European version.
Maintaining the traditional rear-mounted power source, the North American version has an electric motor more capable than the European one. Providing 282 hp, compared to the 201 hp of the Europe model, the car is well-balanced and has enough power to complement the more extensive body.
To ensure enough energy, the battery's capacity is enlarged, jumping to 91 kWh from the European model's 82 kWh. There is also a dual-motor version of the ID.Buzz that comes with all-wheel drive instead of the standard rear-wheel drive and has a power output of 330 hp.
The exterior comes in a variety of colors that enhance the classic two-tone design of the car. Alongside the vibrant colors, the frontal Volkswagen badge is illuminated, and from its surroundings, two light lines emerge and highlight the contrasting look of the vehicle.
The LED headlights give the car a futuristic touch that breaks the old-school overall style of the exterior provided by the air "vents" that remind of the cooling circuit of the old Volkswagen T2. Regarding practicability, the power-sliding doors from the back of the car offer a wider entrance towards the third row of seats.
As a stunning feature that can be observed from the inside and the outside, the largest sunroof in the Volkswagen Group has electronically adjustable opacity to offer privacy and shade when needed and a feeling of a roomier interior when the car may be too crowded for comfort.
Because it represents such a big part of the roof, the sunroof's glass is coated to help reflect the light and block the heat that may come through from the sun, considering it has a significant surface of approximately 19 square feet (1.7 square meters).
Every aspect has been meticulously considered in the interior's design, showcasing a range of thoughtful features. The attention to detail is evident from the dash adorned with wood-optic details reminiscent of retro aesthetics to the playful inclusion of the Play and Pause pedals inspired by the 2016 BUZZ concept.
The center console is removable and offers versatile storage options to adapt to a family's needs on a road trip. It features two distinct dividers that serve as both a bottle opener and an ice scraper, along with two extra compartments below for added convenience.
ENGINE SPECS - 85 KWh (290 HP)
|Top speed (electrical):||99 mph (159 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||7.9 s|
|Drive Type:||Rear Wheel Drive|
POWER SYSTEM SPECS
|Maximum Capacity:||85 kWh|