For years, Volkswagen has been teasing us with the idea of an electric revival of its iconic Microbus. The German automaker has finally revealed the production version of the Volkswagen ID. Buzz LWB, a long-wheelbase variant of the futuristic van that will go on sale in 2024.
The Volkswagen ID Buzz LWB is based on the same modular electric platform (MEB) as other ID models, such as the Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback and the Volkswagen ID.4 crossover. It will offer a spacious and versatile interior, a range of battery and powertrain options, and advanced technology features, including a self-driving mode.
What's New for 2024?
The Volkswagen ID. Buzz LWB is an all-new model that marks the return of the Microbus to the U.S. market after decades of absence. It will be one of the first vehicles to feature Volkswagen's IQ.Drive system, which will enable Level 4 autonomous driving in certain situations. The system will use a retractable steering wheel, cameras, sensors, and lidar to navigate traffic and parking scenarios.
The Volkswagen ID Buzz LWB will also have a distinctive design that pays homage to the original Microbus, with a two-tone paint scheme, a V-shaped front end, and a boxy shape. However, it will also have modern touches, such as LED headlights and taillights, sliding doors, and a panoramic glass roof.
How Does It Drive?
The Volkswagen ID. Buzz LWB will offer two battery sizes: 77 kWh and 111 kWh. The former will provide an estimated range of 250 miles, while the latter will boost it to 340 miles. The van will also have two electric motors, one on each axle, that will deliver either 201 or 295 horsepower, depending on the configuration. The Volkswagen ID Buzz LWB will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 5 seconds and reach a top speed of 99 mph.
The Volkswagen ID Buzz LWB will also have a rear-wheel steering system that will improve its maneuverability and turning radius. The van will have four driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Custom. The suspension will be adjustable, and the regenerative braking system will help conserve energy.