For years Volkswagen has teased us with the idea of bringing back the much loved, iconic Volkswagen Microbus. The automaker unveiled the I.D. Buzz concept earlier this year, which combined the styling of a Microbus with a fully electric powertrain. After several rumors and reports, Volkswagen has confirmed that the Microbus will officially return in 2022.
Volkswagen made the announcement at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, in Monterey, California.
“After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, ‘please build this car’,” Volkswagen CEO Dr Herbert Diess said. The Board of Management chose Pebble Beach as the location to make its announcement because, as Diess explained: “The Microbus has long been part of the California lifestyle. Now we’re bringing it back by reinventing it as an electric vehicle.”
Although we have to wait five years to get the new Microbus, Volkswagen has confirmed that it will feature a fully electric powertrain. Since the batteries will be mounted in the floor and the compact size of its electric drive components, the new Microbus will have a spacious interior, despite its compact exterior.
“The vehicle looks like a compact commercial van on the outside, even though it offers the generous interior space of a large SUV.”
Volkswagen has also announced that the production version of the I.D. Buzz concept will be offered in a cargo version. The cargo version will be ideal for delivering packages and services in the inner city. The new Microbus will also be offered with Level 3 autonomous driving capability.
When the production version of the I.D. Buzz concept does arrive, it will be the second new long-range electric car from Volkswagen. The first will be a production version of the I.D. hatchback concept, which is expected to arrive in 2021. A production version of the I.D. Crozz SUV is also in the works.