The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept van — which made its global debut at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year — pays homage to the past with styling cues from the iconic VW Microbus, while looking ahead to the future with its fully electric powertrain and autonomous vehicle technology.
Quite often, concept vehicles generate a great deal of excitement at auto shows, but never see the light of day as production versions. The VW I.D. Buzz bucks this trend, for Volkswagen recently announced that the concept van will be put into production — with an expected release date in 2022. In addition to dealerships in North America, Volkswagen plans on selling the I.D. Buzz in Europe and China.
Will the production VW I.D. Buzz be the same as the concept version?
While Volkswagen will undoubtedly make some modifications for the production version of the I.D. Buzz — such as reducing the size of the very large wheels — much of the core design features and components are expected to remain relatively intact. This includes its zero-emissions all-electric drive system, with an electric driving range of up to 270 miles and an output of 369 horsepower. The compact electric drive system also enables the I.D. Buzz to seat up to eight people, along with room for two luggage compartments.
Volkswagen is also targeting 2025 as the year when the production I.D. Buzz will offer the self-driving capabilities that the concept van features — using the fully autonomous “I.D. Pilot” mode. In this mode, the wheel is decoupled from the steering gear, while the ambient lighting then switches from white light (“Drive”) to mood lighting. With the assistance of ultrasonic sensors, radar sensors, side area view cameras and a front camera, the I.D. Buzz is able to independently maneuver and detect other road users.