Volkswagen has once again teased its upcoming electric van based on the ID.Buzz concept first shown in 2017.
A new video shows pre-production examples of the van leaving the vehicle's plant in Hannover, Germany, for a quick drive on the surrounding streets. The debut is confirmed to take place on March 9.
The vehicle, whose name is yet to be announced, can best be described as a spiritual successor to the iconic Microbus (which actually has a direct successor in the form of the Transporter/Multivan line sold overseas). It's due to start sales in Europe this year, but it won't reach the U.S. until sometime in 2023. VW has confirmed that it will arrive on these shores as a 2024 model.
Volkswagen ID.Buzz teaser, at ID.5 introduction
The camouflage pattern used in the teaser very closely follows the scheme used on the ID.5 and related ID.4 when those vehicles were teased. The production versions of those vehicles varied little from the camouflaged versions shown in teasers, so this is likely a good indication of what the production ID.Buzz will look like.
Yes, the production version looks different to the more funky concept we saw in 2017, but it closely aligns with details seen in spy shots of test vehicles and matches styling cues with other members of VW's expanding family of ID vehicles. The production ID.Buzz uses the same MEB platform as the ID.5 and ID.4, as well as the ID.3 hatchback sold overseas.
We also know that both passenger and cargo versions are planned, the latter previewed by 2018's ID.Buzz Cargo concept. VW will also employ the production ID.Buzz in a self-driving taxi service beginning in Germany in 2025. The automaker released a sketch of a self-driving van last year, and announced the start of testing a few months later. The service will be run by the VW Group's Moia mobility division, with an autonomous-driving system developed by America's Argo AI, of which the Volkswagen Group is a major shareholder.