VW unveils electric van and minivan ID Buzz (gallery)


Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has unveiled the retro-styled ID Buzz Cargo van and ID Buzz minivan after reimagining its iconic motorhome concept for the electric vehicle era.

The new EVs are expected to go on sale in May, with the first examples arriving in dealerships in October.

They share a platform with the existing VW ID range of cars and will be sold alongside the new Multivan, which will replace the existing Caravelle, Sharan and Touran minivans.

Prices will start at around £40,000 for the Buzz Cargo and from £50,000 for the MPV.

Initially, a single-engine rear-wheel-drive powertrain will be offered, using an 82 kWh battery.

The engine is shared with other VW ID vehicles and produces 204PS and 309Nm.

A more powerful twin-engine version will join the range next year.

There’s no official range figure yet, but VW says the ID Buzz should be capable of around 250 miles per charge.

The vehicle is also equipped with 170 kW DC fast charging, allowing the battery level to increase from 5% to 80% in approximately 30 minutes.

At 4,712mm long, the Buzz sits between the VW Caddy and the Transporter. It has a wheelbase of 2,988mm.

The van offers 3.9 cubic meters of cargo space, less than the 5.8 cubic meters in the back of the smaller Transporter T6.1.

There is no official payload information yet, but the Buzz Cargo has a projected figure of 585kg.

Assistance systems in the new model range include a Car2X local warning system, which uses signals from other vehicles and transport infrastructure to detect hazards in real time.

The Front Assist emergency braking function is also included as standard and, in the MPV, the Lane Assist lane keeping assistant.

A new system: Travel Assist with Swarm Data, which facilitates partially automated driving over the entire speed range and, for the first time, assisted lane change on the motorway, will be available as an option.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will launch a new Amarok pickup in 2023, following the introduction of the Buzz.

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