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04 Jun 2023
The pure electric minivan model will be sold from 2024, marking the return of the microbus line after 20 years of absence with a new style.
The North American version of the ID. Buzz was unveiled on June 2 during the “International Volkswagen Bus Day” event held in Huntington Beach, California. This minivan is part of the 2025 model year, launching two years after the European version with some notable differences.
The North American ID. Buzz features a larger battery, an extended wheelbase, up to 330 horsepower (with 4-wheel drive), and more seating capacity. Volkswagen aims to cater to the preferences of North American customers, where larger vehicles tend to be more popular.
The exterior design remains the same, but the three-row North American version is 175 mm longer than its European two-row counterpart, measuring a total length of 4,887 mm, with a wheelbase of 3,239 mm compared to 2,985 mm. The vehicle has a width of 1,979 mm and a height of 1,895 mm.
The minivan can accommodate up to 7 people with a 2-3-2 seat configuration. The second row of seats can slide up and down by approximately 200 mm and fold in a 60/40 split. Both the second and third row seats can fold flat, and the third row seats are fully removable. There is also an option for a 6-seat version with a 2-2-2 arrangement.
Standard features include heated seats and dark rear glass doors. The ID. Buzz boasts the largest panoramic sunroof among Volkswagen products, measuring 1,712 mm in length and 1,036 mm in width. This optional sunroof can automatically change color from transparent to dark.
The North American version of the ID. Buzz offers the same engine options as the ID.7. It utilizes a 91 kWh battery pack, similar to the ID.7 Pro S, which is larger than the 82 kWh battery found in the European version of the ID. Buzz. Both the ID.7 and ID. Buzz are built on the MEB platform, but Volkswagen has not yet disclosed the estimated range of the minivan on a single charge.
In the rear-mounted electric motor configuration, the North American ID. Buzz delivers a power output of 282 horsepower and 406 Nm of torque, surpassing the European version with 201 horsepower and 310 Nm of torque. The 4-wheel drive variant with two electric motors provides a total power output of 330 horsepower. The top speed is electronically limited to 158 km/h.
Customers have three interior color options, all of which feature environmentally friendly leatherette materials. Standard equipment includes heated and power-adjustable seats, a heated steering wheel, power sliding doors, power-folding and heated rearview mirrors, interior lighting, and power-opening rear doors. The minivan also offers eight USB-C ports, a 110V outlet in the front, and a 12V port in the cargo area.
The Volkswagen ID. Buzz is scheduled to go on sale in North America in 2024. Although pricing has not been announced yet, it is expected to start at around $40,000.
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