Anton Andres / Volkswagen | January 09, 2017 14:31
Volkswagen Kombi may soon ride again with the I.D Buzz Concept
Volkswagen's latest concept sees a modern interpretation of the iconic Bus. Dubbed the I.D Buzz Concept, it packs VW's electric vehicle technologies, as well as autonomous driving. Essentially a follow up to the Budd-e concept, Volkswagen has confirmed its production but has yet to set an official launch date.
The concept follows the form of the Volkswagen Type 2, also known as the Kombi. It features elements from both the earlier 'split window' model, as well as the later 'bay window' bus. Like the split window, the I.D Buzz Concept features a distinct character line that merges at the lower half of the front fascia. Its windshield meanwhile is similar to the late model bay window Kombi but with a steeper rake. All in all, it has 10 windows like some VW Kombis of the past. Meanwhile, the illuminated VW logo at the front is a homage to the iconic model.
Unlike the classic van, the I.D Buzz Concept is powered by electric motors. It comes with two motors, each powering the front and rear wheels to give the concept all-wheel drive. Combined output from both electric motors come are rated at 374 PS.
With the electric motors, Volkswagen says that the I.D Buzz Concept can be configured either as front wheel drive or rear wheel drive. It also has the ability to disconnect the electric driveshaft. On top of that the vehicle’s 111 kWh battery can be charged to 80 percent of its capacity within 30 minutes using the Combined Charging System (CCS). Fully charged, Volkswagen estimates its range at 600 kilometers.
Autonomous driving capability was also one of the highlights of the concept. The van is equipped with laser scanners in the roof. As the car speeds up, the LED “eyes” look ahead, giving the car a sportier appearance. In addition, the “eyes” are interactive in the fully autonomous driving mode. If the I.D. BUZZ wants to turn, for instance, the LED headlights look in the direction the car is going to turn. To top it off, if the vehicle detects people at the side of the road, it looks at them. Through this interaction, the Volkswagen alerts pedestrians and cyclists to its presence.