We’ve already known that Volkswagen is bringing back the classic Beach Buggy from the ’60s and ’70s as a modern electric vehicle. The German automaker had previously released teaser photos of the electric buggy in the form of sketches showing off its lack of doors and an open top.
Now with the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in full swing, we get to have a proper look at the upcoming electric buggy. We now know its official name as well – the I.D. Buggy – and it will join Volkswagen’s family of I.D. vehicles.
As expected from the teaser, the I.D. Buggy features a retro-futuristic design of the 60’s dune buggies. It has no grill, door, and roof and features a prominently raised hood and tail. The fenders have also been widened to give it more a more rugged look as well as improved off-road capability. Oval LED headlights and taillights are yet another homage to the classic beach buggy but updated for modern times.
To give it a floating effect and a more off-road look, the buggy is painted in a two-tone green-black color scheme. It is also fitted with 18-inch wheels wrapped in chunky BFGoodrich off-road tires. A solid aluminum underbody guard protects the front axle and other vital parts under the body.
Inside, the I.D. Buggy’s interior takes on a minimalist design, characterized by easy handling and waterproof materials. Most of the interior is finished in Grey Tech Blue soft-touch paint. However, all elements surrounding the exterior are painted in the same shade of green as the body. Despite being a buggy, Volkswagen says that passengers will have an ‘unusually large amount of space’.
Like the other I.D. vehicles, the I.D. Buggy will ride on Volkswagen’s upcoming modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform. It will use a 62kWh lithium-ion battery fitted on the floor, giving it 250km of range on the WLTP Cycle. An electric motor in the rear produces 201 horsepower and 309 Nm torque, allowing the buggy to go from 0 to 100km/h in just 7.2 seconds and reach an electronically-controlled top speed of 159 km/h.
To help boost the I.D. Buggy’s off-road capability, Volkswagen will offer the modern-day Buggy with all-wheel drive by fitting a second motor to the vehicle’s front axle. An ‘electric propshaft’ would then distribute the power between the front and rear wheels.