The talk has been heard for years now; VW is working on a revised Type 2 minibus, comparable to the iconic 1960s and 70s version but updated and modern. Well, it’s finally official. The upcoming 2024 ID.4 Buzz in Albuquerque, NM is confirmed, and the production-spec edition will be a big step for the company. Fully electric, the retro-styled EV will be a regular series production model for the masses. According to Automotive News Europe, to help sales, Volkswagen hopes to present three exclusive vehicle adaptations.
VW’s goal is to make different versions for Europe and the US, with Europe getting two variants and America receiving one model initially. There will be a six-seat passenger model and a different type for commercial purposes In Europe, where there are more “ride-pooling” services than in the US. Final seating capacity isn’t definite, but ANE states the European people-carrier will be a six-seater, which we interpret as eight (including the driver’s and front passenger seats) with each seat individually accessible, with a screen for each seat. Labeled the ID.Buzz Cargo Van, the commercial van for Europe has already debuted in concept form as well. As the name implies, this version will be made exclusively as a commercial cargo van. In addition, short- and long-wheelbase versions will be available for the European models. Only the long-wheelbase will be offered for the US market, and its intended purpose apparently will be for ride-sharing with small groups or individuals. ANE says the US model will “have only four seats- two facing forward and two facing toward the back of the vehicle.” We think ANE means a total of six seats, with two facing forward in the cockpit, along with the pair in the back that face forward, then another two between those that face backward. Despite only having one configuration of the 2024 ID.Buzz in Albuquerque, NM, the American version will reportedly offer up to three different battery sizes. The entry-level model is expected to be rear-wheel drive that will likely deliver around 200 horsepower, and there should be a range-topping all-wheel-drive model that puts out up to 300 horsepower.
The interior of the final production model won’t necessarily be the interior seen in photos. We hope the designers keep the relaxed and open feeling that the concept vehicle has. Thanks to being all-electric, there’s no transmission tunnel, and no engine, meaning the cabin is huge, offering more space for passengers and cargo. Following other EVs’ leads, the ID.Buzz prototype dashboard is clean and uncluttered, with only a steering wheel and display screen. And the steering wheel is shaped more like a rounded trapezoid than a traditional wheel shape in the concept vehicle. A truly innovative feature of the concept microbus is the rail system that’s built for the seats. With the increased space of the interior, each of the four passenger seats can be folded flat, moved, swiveled, or folded into tables, giving owners a myriad of seating arrangements. Although we can’t say for sure if the production model will include the rail system, we hope it does.
With a 2024 model expected to launch toward the end of 2023, it’s challenging to know what will come to fruition. Check our web pages frequently for news and updates about all of Volkswagen’s future endeavors or visit our dealership in person. Our address is 8201 Lomas Blvd NE in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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