The VW ID.Buzz is one of the e-cars with the most likeable charisma. As a design icon, it refers to the rich history of the VW bus. Now it’s being shown in a long-wheelbase variant – and it’s also getting a larger battery. It should be on the market next spring.
While the ID.Buzz appears almost cubic with a normal wheelbase, its proportions are similar to those of the historical predecessors with the wheelbase extended by 25 centimetres. For the first time, the ID.Buzz comes with a third row of seats and the trunk volume increases significantly – up to 2649 liters. Two individual seats are installed at the front of the long ID.Buzz; only the commercial vehicle variant Cargo is available with a front three-seater bench seat. The second row of seats is designed as a three-seater bench or with two individual seats; Incidentally, it cannot be removed because of the standard seat heating. The third row of seats, which is optional in Europe and will also be available in the short variant in the future, can be removed or folded down like the second row, resulting in a completely flat loading floor. New engine variant The long ID.Buzz is offered with two battery sizes: 77 kWh and 85 kWh. And while the short one still has the APP 310 electric motor with 150 kW/204 hp, the completely new APP 550 motor with 210 kW/286 hp works in the long ID.Buzz. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes just 7.9 seconds (instead of 10.2 seconds), the top speed climbs from 145 to 160 km/h. The more powerful engine will also be used in the short ID.Buzz in the future. The user interface and infotainment are taking a technological leap. The large central screen has been restructured and there is a head-up display for the first time. In addition, there is a large panorama roof especially for the long version, which can be switched from transparent to opaque, and the large, middle side window can be ordered with a small window opening. VW is already talking about other models. As an entry-level engine, the ID.Buzz Cargo will have a variant of the APP 310 engine throttled to 125 kW/170 hp and it will also be available with a small 63 kWh battery. At the other end of the spectrum there is a GTX version – with 250 kW/339 hp. It will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds. The developers are also working on a camping variant, which, like the combustion engines, will be called California. And because a gas cooker in a (locally emission-free) electric bus could be understood as a system break, it should be equipped with induction hotplates. It is up to the customer whether the burger prepared on it is just as “vegan” as the imitation leather interior. (cen/jm)