Volkswagen will release an electric retro vehicle


No pricing or specific launch date has been announced, but the I.D. Buzz is not likely to arrive until at least 2022, says Volkswagen.

Barely in time for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, Volkswagen has announced it will bring back the most iconic vehicle of the 1960s.

Volkswagen made the announcement during the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Monterey, California.

Interestingly, the very nature of an electric powertrain likely helped shape the I.D. Buzz and allow the design team to mimic its granddaddy's profile. The I.D. Buzz concept produces upwards of 360 horsepower equivalent, and can sprint from 0-100 km/h in less than 5 seconds!

At 4,942mm in length, 1,976mm wide and 1,963mm tall, the concept vehicle offers extraordinary dimensions to utilise the most of its space. Like the rest of Volkswagen's I.D. line, the production model is also expected to ride on the new MEB platform with level 3 autonomous driving capabilities.

Volkswagen will release an electric retro vehicle

Based on the new all-electric architecture, the production version of the I.D.

The zero-emissions all-wheel drive system has a total output of 363 bhp and an NEDC electric driving range of 600 kilometers.

Moreover, it is also rumored that the electric auto has a range of 270 miles and 369 horsepower.

As Hoodline notes, the ID Buzz was photographed parked next to a shiny orange vintage VW bus, obviously as part of a photo or video shoot with the Haight-Ashbury as a backdrop. Moreover, the status of the I.D. Buzz can be seen at all times on the tablet and the augmented reality head-up display. It is actually an accent strip made of matte aluminum that is embedded in what designers call a sharp undercut.

A Reddit user posted the photo above of the vehicle showing up in the Haight on Monday, complete with its ambient body lighting, and judging from the photo and video below, the German carmaker has been taking full advantage of this California trip for some advance marketing materials - the original VW bus being as deeply associated as it is with hippies, and thus, San Francisco. Standing 77.2 inches, the I.D. Buzz is 6.5 inches taller than a Sienna as well.