Volkswagen of America unveils the three-row ID. Buzz, an electric reincarnation of the classic Microbus tailored for North America, set to hit the market in 2024.
Volkswagen of America recently unveiled the three-row ID. Buzz, an electric tribute to the iconic Volkswagen Microbus, at Huntington Beach, California. The ID. Buzz, boasting a larger wheelbase, battery, and more horsepower than its two-row European counterpart, is planned for release in the North American market in 2024.
Why It Matters
Pablo Di Si, President and CEO of Volkswagen of America, asserted that the zero-emission ID. Buzz is the “spiritual reincarnation” of the Microbus, reimagined for a future dominated by electric vehicles. This vehicle aligns with the increasing trend towards sustainable and practical vehicles, encapsulated in a design that is unmistakably fun and classically Volkswagen.
The three-row ID. Buzz, with its rear-mounted powerplant standard, produces 282 horsepower, compared to the European model’s 201. Its 91 kWh battery is larger than the two-row’s 82 kWh battery. With the battery mounted in the floor, it not only saves space but also enhances handling by keeping a significant portion of the vehicle’s weight low in the structure.
Externally, the ID. Buzz maintains the classic boxy Microbus shape, with short overhangs for maximum utility. The retro design nods to the original bus, reinterpreting it for the future. The iconic VW logo is illuminated, while bold exterior colors with an available two-tone color palette reflect the model’s vibrant energy.
Inside, the ID. Buzz is adorned with a retro-inspired wood-optic dash and playful details from the 2016 BUZZ concept. With three interior color and trim options available, the ID. Buzz offers an ambient lighting feature, a panoramic glass sunroof, and meticulous attention to detail. The cabin comfort is elevated with a range of features like standard 12-way power driver and passenger seats, Climatronic® automatic climate control, and dedicated air vents for all rows.
Modern technology isn’t left behind, with two screens providing vital information and infotainment. The vehicle features wireless App-Connect, wireless charging, plus eight USB-C ports for comprehensive device connectivity.
As a vehicle of the future, the three-row ID. Buzz reimagines the iconic Volkswagen Microbus for an electric era. This model is a symbol of Volkswagen’s commitment to practicality, sustainability, and unadulterated enjoyment, set to become the brand’s new hero in America. With its cutting-edge EV technology, advanced driver assistance features, and unique retro-futuristic design, the ID. Buzz marks an exciting step in the evolution of electric vehicles.