VW unveils the larger ID.Buzz electric van headed to North America | Engadget

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Volkswagen has lastly unveiled a North American model of the ID.Buzz electric van, and it is larger than you may suppose. The three-row design with two extra seats is undoubtedly a significant benefit for vacationers and rising households, however this isn’t only a stretched model of the fashionable minivan. It boasts a 91 kWh larger battery (vs. 82 kWh for the two-row engine), a extra highly effective 282 hp engine. for rear-wheel drive (vs. 201 hp) and a better high pace of 99 mph (vs. 90 mph). Whereas there aren’t any vary estimates but, there will even be an non-compulsory all-wheel-drive configuration with a 330-hp twin-motor system.

Inside know-how has not modified a lot in contrast to the two-row mannequin, though this isn’t essentially a foul factor. You will nonetheless have a 5.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.9-inch infotainment show. The larger ID.Buzz now has an easier-to-use interface than the ID.7, and you will find a complete of eight USB-C ports, which can come in useful when buddies behind you need to cost their telephones. The three-row EV additionally comes normal with Stage 2 driver help (together with lane-keeping help), and customizable inside lighting serves as a standing indicator for the whole lot from cost degree to navigation instructions.


The North American wagon additionally touts the largest panoramic sunroof of any car in the VW lineup at 67.4 inches lengthy and makes use of electrochromic glass to turn into opaque when not wanted. You will additionally discover a 110V outlet below the passenger seating space, and a 12V outlet in the cargo space can cost extra of your gear. A nine-speaker audio system is normal, however you possibly can improve to a 14-speaker Harman Kardon.

VW nonetheless hasn’t introduced pricing for the North American ID.Buzz forward of its 2024 debut. Nonetheless, do not count on it to be the individuals’s van that the minibus was. The closest comparable two-row mannequin, the Buzz Model, retails for £63,715 (approx. US$79,240) in the UK together with tax. It is for nostalgic drivers who need an eco-friendly revival of traditional driving, and prosperous EV followers who need extra room than the ID.4 crossover can present.

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