Volkswagen made triumphant comeback in North America with the highly anticipated launch of the ID.Buzz with a long wheelbase. The iconic electric vehicle, known for its good vibrations and rock song-like appeal, is “Made in Germany” and will not only grace the roads of Europe but also Canada and the US.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, Volkswagen has planned a world premiere of the ID.Buzz at the renowned surfer hotspot, Huntington Beach, near Los Angeles, on June 02, 2023.
Following the North American premiere, the long wheelbase ID.Buzz will embark on its journey to Germany. In just three weeks, from June 23 to 25, the vehicle will be unveiled at the largest VW Bus meetup in Europe, the international VW Bus Festival in Hanover. The festival’s date and location provide a perfect setting for the European debut of the long ID.Buzz.
Rekindling the Legacy:
The VW bus, which left the shores of the USA and Canada two decades ago with the T4 generation, has never lost its cult following. The T1, T2, and T3 rear-engine generations continue to grace beach parking lots in California, Florida, and Long Island even in 2023.
With the ID.Buzz’s long wheelbase and electric rear-wheel drive, Volkswagen is bringing back the iconic VW bus to North America, rekindling the fond memories associated with this legendary vehicle.
The ID.Buzz with its 4,962 mm length and seven seats is perfectly poised for its North American launch. Additionally, the extended wheelbase of 250 mm allows for a third row of seats and an increased storage capacity of up to 2,469 liters. The vehicle also boasts a new, larger 85 kWh battery for an extended range, while the inclusion of a heat pump enhances efficiency in colder climates.
Performance and Future Plans:
Equipped with a 210 kW (286 hp) electric drive motor, the large ID.Buzz can reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds. Furthermore, Volkswagen has announced an all-wheel-drive version, the ID.Buzz GTX, with an impressive output of 250 kW (339 hp) for a swift 0–100 km/h sprint in 6.4 seconds, slated for release in 2024.
The ID.Buzz features several exciting technological advancements, including a head-up display, an upgraded next-generation infotainment system, and remote parking capabilities through a smartphone. Notably, the vehicle boasts a stunning panoramic sunroof with smart glass, reminiscent of the iconic Samba Bus from the 1950s.
With a size of 1.5 square meters, this is the largest glass roof ever built by Volkswagen and can be adjusted from transparent to opaque using a touch slider or voice assistant. North American versions will also come equipped with air-conditioned seats and an illuminated Volkswagen logo on the front.