Volkswagen first teased a modern Microbus 20 years ago. It took 10 more for the company to follow it up with another concept, the Bulli, in 2011. The Budd-e and ID. Buzz concepts followed, and we’re closer than ever to the production model’s big debut. VW will unveil it on March 9, but pre-production examples are already rolling off the assembly line and they’re on their way to Spain for a very important task.
VW released a short video showing the ID. Buzz leaving the factory, still covered in trippy camouflage. He’s heading to Barcelona, where the first media tours will take place, which VW calls a “covered tour” in its tweet, putting reporters in charge.
Although we still don’t know much about the new model, we do have an idea of what to expect. The ID.Buzz, which might not be its name after its debut, will ride on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, sharing components with the ID.3 and ID.4 electric vehicles. VW is expected to offer it in single- and dual-motor configurations. Rumors suggest the pickup could also get a large battery offering up to 342 miles (550 kilometers) of range, although there are different sizes available.
It would appear that configurability is a key feature of the minivan, and it extends to both its design and powertrain setup. There have been rumors of passenger and cargo versions with standard and long wheelbase styles. The US is set to get the long-wheelbase passenger variant, and there will even be a campervan version called the ID. California. A 400-hp (294-kilowatt) all-wheel-drive version is also rumored.
Journalists will meet next week to verify the pre-production ID. Buzz, but that doesn’t mean we’ll get reviews right away. The new EV won’t hit cover until March 9, and we suspect VW would like to keep a few details under wraps until then. We must be patient. We have already waited two decades, while there are still a few weeks.