VW unveils its production ID.Buzz microbus EV on March 9

You won’t have to wait long to see an honest production version of Volkswagen’s ID.Buzz minivan. VW Group chief Herbert Diess has announced that his company will debut the reincarnated microbus on March 9. He shared only a sketch, but VW’s testing of a self-driving prototype suggests the finished van won’t lose many of the design cues from the nostalgia-inspired concept.

The ID.Buzz is expected to launch in Europe later in 2022 and reach US shores in 2023. You’ll have to settle for the passenger-oriented long-wheelbase model in the US, where Europeans have short-wheelbase and commercial models. Europe is also getting a self-driving variant more often. Entry-level models could start with rear-wheel drive models offering up to 200 horsepower, while the top-end could include AWD and 300 horsepower. You may see up to three battery capacities.

The Buzz may not be as mass-market fit as the ID.4 and other more conventional models, but it could still be one of VW’s flagship EVs. Like the Beetle, VW’s microbus design remains iconic. The Buzz could serve as a halo vehicle whose cachet attracts buyers to the brand’s overall EV lineup, even if they end up settling for a different model.

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