Last month, Volkswagen officially confirmed that the I.D. Buzz will be revealed on March 9, 2022. Just a few weeks after, the first (camouflaged) units of the electric people carrier rolled out of the factory.
While they are still pre-production units, we did get to see that it will be close to what the concept originally looked like five years ago. However, exact details and specifications about the I.D Buzz were not yet available when the first examples rolled out. That all changes today after Volkswagen revealed some of the initial details of the upcoming electric vehicle.
Let’s start with the dimensions. Volkswagen says that the I.D. Buzz will measure 4712mm long, 1985mm wide, and 1937mm tall. It will also have a generous 2988mm wheelbase, ensuring that it can accommodate both people and cargo with ease.
Compared to the Multivan Kombi that measures 4904mm long, 1904mm wide, and 1950mm tall, the I.D. Buzz is slightly smaller. The Multivan also has a marginally longer wheelbase at 3000mm. Given the close similarity in size between the two, the I.D. Buzz could serve as an alternative (or future successor) to the ICE-powered Multivan. Aside from the vehicle’s exterior dimensions, Volkswagen mentioned that the electric people carrier will be available with 18- to 21-inch wheels.
When it comes to power, the I.D. Buzz will get a single electric motor that drives the rear wheels. It makes 150 kW (or 203 PS) along with 310 Nm of torque. The motor is then supplemented by an 82 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Its estimated range has not yet been revealed, though Volkswagen says the I.D. Buzz can hit a top speed of 145 km/h.
Since it has no engine at the front or at the rear, Volkswagen was able to maximize the vehicle’s turning radius. Believe it or not, the automaker says the I.D. Buzz has a turning circle of just over 11 meters - making it easy to maneuver around tight turns. It also has a low center of gravity thanks to the battery that is located below the sandwich floor.
Need to store plenty of cargo in the I.D. Buzz? You’ll be happy to know that the five-seater version can swallow up to 1,121 liters of luggage even with all seats occupied. There will even be a dedicated cargo version that will have a larger cargo capacity.
Last but not least, the EV comes with bi-directional charging. This will allow users to transfer power from the I.D. Buzz to one’s home in case of a blackout or power outage.
With the debut set on March 9, 2022, we’re curious just how the vehicle will look without the livery. For now, all we can do is wait until its official debut.