Volkswagen recently revealed a longer three-line version id. Buzz electric people mover in California, and it has a custom version on hand to show how it can be installed.
id. The Buzz Accessory Concept, as the name suggests, is loaded with accessories and “built for your surfing or camping adventures”.
Volkswagen hasn’t forgotten the old Kombi van owners who like to play in the waves, with the concept featuring the Thule Caprock platform system with the Thule Shuttle Board attachment to allow you to transport surfboards or other cargo.
Thule’s OutLand Side Awning is also anchored to the Caprock, giving you shade if you’re out camping or parking on the beach.
The concept comes with a kitchen/bed combo created by European firm Ququq, with a fully functional kitchen and food preparation area and a bed for two.
Volkswagen also installed some smaller accessories, such as universal tablet holders and all-weather floor mats.
There’s also a range of accessories in the concept already available on VW’s online store in the US, including a surfboard, folding chair and table and a Bluetooth speaker.
While Volkswagen has locked ID short wheelbase. Buzz and its load carrier ID. Its Buzz Cargo counterpart is slated for a local launch in late 2024 or early 2025, it has yet to announce a timing for the long-wheelbase model.
The company, however, has previously said it wants both GTX and three-row models, noting that about 30 percent of T6.1 sales – including the current Multivan – will be from all-wheel drive models and that the three-row variant. is “no brainer”.
The US market is a priority for the vehicle, however, as Volkswagen’s American arm has been pushing to revive the Kombi – or Bus, as it’s known there – for some time. It has also been locked in for a European launch, where it will be built.
The stretched ID. The Buzz adds 250mm to the wheelbase and overall length (4962mm), making room for a third row. There are now seven seats in total, compared to five on the shorter model.
The longer wheelbase also frees up space for a larger 85kWh battery pack, up from 77kWh in the launch model, with VW promising an additional range with new efficiency-enhancing heat pump installations.
For context, Volkswagen claims a short-wheelbase single-motor ID. The Buzz has an energy consumption rate of 21.7-20.5kWh/100km on the WLTP cycle, which equates to a range of between 402km and 423km.
A larger ID. The Buzz will also be available with a new rear-mounted 210kW electric drive motor, up on the shorter version’s 150kW.
This power bump is said to cut the 0-100km/h time to 7.9 seconds, down from 10.2s in the shorter version. That’s not Tesla Model X fast, but it’s quite a bit faster than the old Kombi!
The dual-motor all-wheel drive GTX version, with a power output of 250kW (220kW in the shorter version), arrives in 2024. VW says it will complete the 0–100 km/h sprint in 6.4s.
Another new feature launched in the long wheelbase ID. The Buzz includes a head-up display, an improved “next-generation” infotainment system and remote parking via smartphone.
The newly designed panoramic sunroof with smart glass brings back memories of the legendary ‘Samba Bus’ of the ’50s, claims VW.
It’s the largest glass roof the company has made for a production car at 1.5 square meters, and can be changed from clear to opaque via a touch slider or voice command.
The North American version will also feature air-conditioned seats and an illuminated Volkswagen logo on the front, the company claims.