It’s been a while since VW was competing in the segment of passenger vans in North America. We all remember the legendary Type 2 minibus and now, it looks like we could see its spiritual successor, which would come as the 2024 VW Bus, or ID.Buzz. The new model will follow the latest automotive trends and one of the most specific things will be the all-electric setup. The company prepares two variants of the bus regarding size, but it looks like only the long-wheelbase version will be on offer in this part of the world.
The company already presented the new all-electric minibus and it closely resembles the legendary Type 2 model. That should be a great starting point and help the new model to establish itself on the market, while the company also promises two variants regarding powertrain setup, with single and two electric motors.
Most likely, the 2024 VW Bus (ID.Buzz) will hit the market sometime in late 2023 or early 2024.
2024 VW Bus (ID.Buzz) Design
So, the 2024 VW Bus (ID.Buzz) will be an all-electric minivan and, as you may presume, the ID in its moniker clearly indicates that it will share a lot of parts with the rest of the ID family, including the ID.4 crossover. That means it will ride on the MEB platform, developed for electric cars on purpose. This architecture features pretty advanced technical solutions and provides respectable performance, whether it’s about batteries or electric motors.
The chassis and suspension setup should be similar to the aforementioned crossover as well, which means we could see a multi-link suspension on the rear end, which would certainly have a positive impact on the performance. On the other hand, we will also see some old-school technical solutions, such as drum brakes on the rear wheel.
The styling will be one of the most prominent parts of this minivan. As we already mentioned, this is a spiritual successor of the legendary Type 2, so the whole exterior comes with design solutions that resemble the famous bus. However, there is also a good amount of futuristic details, which clearly accentuate the model’s all-electric nature. As we’ve just mentioned, the U.S.-market model will come only in a long-wheelbase variant.
The German carmaker sticks with the same design philosophy on the inside as well. There is a fair amount of classic, retro aesthetical solutions, which look really nice in a combination with modern features, such as advanced tech features like the digital instrument cluster, large infotainment screen etc. From what we can see on the renderings, the cabin also comes with pretty interesting color schemes.
As we’ve already mentioned, the 2024 VW Bus (ID.Buzz) will come in a long-wheelbase variant only. So, you may count on a lot of space. A three-row seating configuration will be standard, with the capacity to accommodate seven passengers. All three rows will be generous with space and the ability to accommodate adults with ease. What’s great to know is that the VW’s MEB platform allows a complete battery pack to be placed under the floor, so there are no compromises regarding passenger and cargo room. Speaking of the cargo room, the new minivan will feature around 40 cubic feet.
Despite the retro design, the 2024 VW Bus (ID.Buzz) will come with a full load of modern features. We already talked about a digital instrument cluster, which will measure 10 inches diagonally. Furthermore, there is a pretty massive 12-inch infotainment system, along with other tech goodies, such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, wireless charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot and more.
Of course, the list of safety features should be pretty generous as well and include goodies like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and many more.
2024 VW Bus (ID.Buzz) Battery and Motors
As we’ve already mentioned, the 2024 VW Bus (ID.Buzz) will come in two variants regarding drivetrain. Things will be pretty much as in the rest of the ID lineup, so base versions will come with a single electric motor and RWD layout. That motor puts out around 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque, which seems plenty enough for decent performance. The dual-motor version will come with an additional electric motor mounted at the front, with a total power output of 295 horsepower.
In both cases, the 2024 VW Bus (ID.Buzz) will come with a 77-kWh battery pack, which should provide up to 260 miles of range, according to the manufacturer. Thanks to the advanced all-electric architecture, this minivan will be able to charge 80% of the battery in just 30 minutes.
2024 VW ID Buzz Release Date and Price
The 2024 VW Bus (ID.Buzz) should arrive in late 2023 or early 2024. At this point, the officials are still quiet about the exact price tag, but most sources suggest that the base versions would cost around 40.000 dollars. Since there are still no all-electric minivans on the market, key competitors would probably be hybrid models like Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Sienna.