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Volkswagen releases pictures of the production ID Buzz minivan

Many companies tease concept designs to showcase their take of what the tech of the future would look like, while others use it to flex their design muscles. Most times, these concepts never become actual products.

However, Volkswagen is turning one of its concepts into an actual product. The German automaker released the ID Buzz concept to much fanfare, with many fans calling for it to become an existing product.

Now, Volkswagen is almost ready to reveal the production version of the concept microbus. It provided a sneak preview of the ID Buzz during the presentation of the ID 5 crossover. Volkswagen tried to camouflage it with a somewhat psychedelic pattern, but that is not enough to prevent anxious eyes from seeing the bus in all its glory.

The pictures of the production ID Buzz look exactly like the retro-inspired concept Volkswagen released in 2017. There were minor changes to make it customer-ready. For example, the front of the van features a horizontal light bar running between the headlights, with a large Volkswagen logo in the middle but noticeably higher than it was on the concept. In addition, all the roof pillars are now black except the E-pillar at the rear.

The nose is more pronounced than in the concept, and the windshield has receded at the top. The lower bumper now has a pattern of diamond-shaped openings that serve as an intake for air for cooling, an important feature for a product that will be used in the real world.

Unlike the concept that did not have to worry about the ease of getting into the bus, the production version has door handles. And as a reminder that the tech of the future might be hampered by price and regulations, the van shown by Volkswagen has side mirrors instead of cameras.

You would also see the rail for the sliding door, something the concept hid very well. It runs in a concave chamfered line that extends to the front of the bus and passes under the headlights. Volkswagen might decide to use the line to create a two-tone paint job like the Mercedes EQX.

Most of the arches and flourishes on the concept made it into the production, including the detailing on the rear pillar.

All the changes notwithstanding, the production looks very similar to the concept, and you will still see the fun looking, trendy appearance. So if you liked the look of the concept, you would like the production too.

Now, this is subjective, but some people will pick this production over the concept, and this is ok.

The Volkswagen ID Buzz will be built on the company’s MEB platform for electric vehicles. The platform is modular, allowing Volkswagen to build vehicles of different sizes on it and with features like rear or all-wheel-drive. Vehicles across the brands under the control of Volkswagen will use it, and we have seen several already. For example, Skoda has released the electric Enyaq.

The ID Buzz will be offered in a commercial van form apart from the version seen here. Another version is aimed at ride-sharing applications.

We have not seen the interior yet, but it should be similar to Volkswagen’s new Multivan but expect some retro touches to go along with the exterior.

The production ID Buzz is not so far off now, as Volkswagen revealed in the presentation that we will see the van in 2022, fitting in nicely with the company’s plan to make it available in the US in 2023.

Volkswagen has gone all-in with electric vehicles as it tries to repair its reputation after the diesel-gate scandal that exposed how it cheated with ICE emission tests. It has committed to spending billions of dollars building battery production facilities worldwide and collaborating with other companies to secure a supply of batteries for future production. It will also build an electric production plant at its headquarters in Germany.

The CEO, Herbert Diess, even invited Elon Musk to address his top executives on how to become an efficient EV manufacturer and entertains thoughts to overtake Tesla in annual output.

With electric vehicles as attractive and functional as the ID Buzz, Volkswagen can easily become the closest competitor to Tesla.

Written by HackerVibes

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