Mod­ern day Kombi

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

VOLKSWAGEN has silently rolled out a six-seat van con­cept dubbed the ID Buzz at the North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Auto Show, ty­ing to­gether the tra­di­tional and much loved Kombi of yes­ter­year with a fu­tur­is­tic elec­tric driv­e­train and au­ton­o­mous ca­pa­bil­ity.

With an emis­sions-free pow­er­train, the ID Buzz pre­views the Ger­man car­maker’s plans to pop­u­late its range with elec­tric and hy­brid mod­els from 2020, fol­low­ing in the tracks of the ID hatch­back con­cept un­veiled at the Paris mo­tor show in 2016.

The Detroit show van styling is some­where be­tween the Paris show car and the cur­rent Trans­porter van and is un­mis­tak­ably re­lated to the cult-fol­lowed ‘dub’ vans with two-tone paint and boxy pro­por­tions.

Like the clas­sic rear-en­gined Kom­bis that had no ra­di­a­tor at the front end thanks to air­cooled en­gines, the ID Buzz has a grille-less snout that in fact hides a ra­di­a­tor for the power man­age­ment sys­tem, but light­ing in the form of LED head­lights, il­lu­mi­nated badge and yel­low am­bi­ent ex­te­rior light­ing is purely fu­tur­is­tic.

At the back, slen­der tail­lights frame the gen­er­ous rear hatch open­ing, while aes­thetic air vents mimic the en­gine cool­ing air in­takes of the orig­i­nal trans­porter.

With a 4943mm length, 1976mm width and 1963mm height, the ID Buzz is sim­i­lar in pro­por­tions to its pro­duc­tion-equiv­a­lent Volkswagen Mul­ti­van, which mea­sures in at 5304mm long, 1904mm wide and 1990mm tall.

Like its ID hatch­back sib­ling, the ID Buzz rolls on the VW Group’s Mo­du­lar Elec­tric Drive (MEB) plat­form with an ex­tended wheel­base of 3299mm and has a mo­tor on each axle for a com­bined power out­put of 275kW.

With a hearty power fig­ure and plenty of low-down elec­tric torque, the ID Buzz can ac­cel­er­ate from zero to 100km/h in 5 sec­onds – a sniff un­der the same time it takes a petrol-burn­ing Volkswagen Golf R hot hatch to get from stand­still to 100km/h.

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