New Volkswagen ID Buzz electric van teased: prices, specs and release date

November 04, 2021 by

Volkswagen has officially revealed teaser images of the new ID Buzz all-electric campervan and commercial vehicle that’s to arrive late in 2022. Read on for full details.

  • VW ID Buzz teased
  • Simple design partially revealed
  • Reveal likely in early 2022
  • Commercial version spotted testing
  • Interior light tech from ID3 likely
  • Batteries from 48kWh to 111kWh
  • Up to 342 miles of range
  • Self-driving prototype also spotted
  • ID Buzz in sale late 2022

This is the Volkswagen ID Buzz. It’s VW’s all-electric take on the classic campervan and will soon be available as a practical MPV people carrier and a roomy commercial vehicle, with a high-tech self-driving version set to appear in around 2025.

Volkswagen has released the first official images of the passenger version during a press conference launching the new ID5 and ID5 GTX electric cars.

It also hinted that the finished ID Buzz will be revealed in early 2022.

New Volkswagen ID Buzz design

The swirling rainbow camouflage on this ID Buzz doesn’t do much to disguise the new car’s design. It’s plain to see that the finished car will look very similar to the original ID Buzz concept from 2017 (shown below next to a classic T1 campervan).

The most noticeable difference between the concept and VW’s new images is on the front bumper. The concept’s honeycomb design with round daytime running lights has been replaced by a broader full-width design, similar to the new Volkswagen T7 Multivan (shown below.)

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In addition to these new official images from Volkswagen, the new electric ID Buzz has been spotted out on the roads in prototype form.

These test cars have been covered with misleading stickers that mimick the shape of a Volkswagen ID4 SUV’s headlights and bumper, but there’s no hiding the ID Buzz’s boxy upright design.

These particular test cars appear to be the upcoming ID Buzz commercial version. Unlike the car recently teased by Volkswagen, these prototypes only have one side door and lack full-length side windows.

The rear of the van uses stickers to mask up its taillights too, although the real lights can just be made out underneath them.

New Volkswagen ID Buzz interior

An image of the interior shows the ID Buzz will use the same general layout as other ID models including the ID3 and ID4. These include the digital driver’s display, largely buttonless dashboard and a central infotainment system.

The new ID Buzz should also come with the ID Light tech across the dashboard that lights up in different colours depending on the car’s charging conditions, navigation directions or use of the voice assistant.

The passenger version of the ID Buzz could seat up to seven people, with space aided by a totally flat floor. A California campervan version is also on the cards, seeing that all ripped out for an eco-friendly holiday home on wheels.

The cargo version of the Volkswagen ID Buzz is expected to be able to take around 800kg in the back. It is also predicted to offer options such as a fold-out work bench and a 230V household power outlet.

New Volkswagen ID Buzz batteries and range

Volkswagen has already confirmed the upcoming Volkswagen ID Buzz will use a selection of batteries from 48kWh to 111kWh in size. Range-topping versions could have as much as 342 miles of range.

It’s likely a single-motor version will go on sale first, which will almost certainly be rear-wheel drive just like the Volkswagen ID3 and ID4. A dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version is believed to be in development too.

New autonomous Volkswagen ID Buzz

Volkswagen is working on a joint project with Argo AI to develop a self-driving Volkswagen ID Buzz, with the aim to reduce congestion in built up areas through ride-sharing. These prototypes use cameras and an array of sensors to map out its surroundings and detect hazards.

The goal is to have self-driving Volkswagen ID Buzz MPVs operating in Hamburg by 2025 as part of a new ride sharing service, which may also have the added benefit of improving road safety as well as easing traffic in built up areas.

2022 Volkswagen ID Buzz price and release date

Expect to see the Volkswagen ID Buzz on sale as both a passenger van and a commercial vehicle late in 2022.

Pricing is a bit of a mystery at this point, though you can expect the new Volkswagen ID Buzz to cost more than the recently revealed VW T7 Multivan. That petrol- and hybrid-powered model is expected to cost from £50,000 when it goes on sale soon.

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