Volkswagen ID. Buzz seven-seat version for North America and Europe makes debut
Volkswagen has announced that a successor to the T4 is finally on the way to the US and Canada in the form of the new ID. Buzz LWB. Its eponymous wheelbase is indeed elongated by 250 millimeters (~10 inches) for a total length of 4,962mm (~195 inches) - and, of course, a whole extra row of seats.
The marque asserts that the "legendary T1 Lightbus" is evinced in the ID. Buzz LWB's design, which allows for "up to 2,469 liters (l) of storage". It also packs a new battery with a capacity of 85 kilowatt-hours (kWh) - more than the 'original' Buzz for "even more range" - not to mention a heat pump to help avoid cold-weather efficiency drain.
The rear-wheel drive ID. Buzz LWB is also rated for an electronic speed limit of 160 kilometers per hour (km/h, or ~99 miles per hour (mph)) - compared to 145km/h (~90mph) for the previously-announced European version - thanks to its new motor rated for an output of up to 210kW (286 horsepower (hp)) - or 250 kW (339 hp) in the all-wheel drive GTX version now teased ahead of its planned 2024 launch.
The ID. Buzz LWB also has a panoramic smart glass sun-roof and remote smartphone parking in common with the upcoming ID.7 GTX, and also boasts a "next-gen" infotainment system with a heads-up display. The new version of the VW electric bus is also coming to Europe, although the company has yet to pin down exactly how much its configurations will cost on its 2024 release.