One of the most popular recreational vehicles back in the 60’s and 70’s – especially in the US –was the dune buggy or beach buggy as others would call it. Some of these were built from scratch as a custom vehicle. Most of them however, were built from Volkswagen Beetles with most of the exterior bits yanked off and then fitted with large off-road tires. This in turn became the infamous VW beach buggy that we know today. And soon, it will be making a return but with an electric heart.
Volkswagen just dropped teaser photos of their upcoming beach buggy concept. Unlike it’s predecessor though, the buggy concept is not based on the Beetle, but rather Volkswagen’s Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform. As mentioned above, it now uses an electric motor but there are no specifics yet. However, we do get a peek at what the concept will look like.
For starters, we can see that it has no doors and has an open top like a proper dune buggy. The body is also curvy and has wide arches styled similarly to the dune buggys of the past. It even has the chunky off-road tires and a metal bumper up front. Now all it lacks is a proper classic paint job, which will unlikely be the case. Instead, it will likely be finished in a metallic shade of green as the teaser suggests.
“A buggy is more than a car. It is vibrancy and energy on four wheels. These attributes are embodied by the new e-buggy, which demonstrates how a modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic can look and, more than anything else, the emotional bond that electric mobility can create,” states Klaus Bischoff, Head Designer at Volkswagen.
Aside from it being based on the MEB platform, not much is known about Volkswagen’s upcoming retro-electric buggy. That said, expect full details to be revealed once the electric buggy makes it debut at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show next March.