If you’re a Volkswagen bus fan, you likely have the patience of a saint. First, driving an old bus is not quick. Second, if you’ve been watching for a new bus, the wait has taken some time. But there is electrified light at the end of the tunnel.
When Will the Volkswagen ID.Buzz Be Available?
Volkswagen has confirmed the North American version of the ID.Buzz will show its face in June. And then, one year later, you can buy it as a 2025 model-year vehicle in the summer of 2024.
Which Versions of the ID.Buzz Will Come To the US?
Per VW, the U.S.-bound ID.Buzz will be the 7-passenger model. This is the longer-wheelbase version packing three rows of seating.
Over in Europe, there’s also a shorter-wheelbase model that features two rows of seats. I’m not sure why we can’t have both, but the longer one will be better if you consider going the Westfalia route.
By that, I mean I’m sure we’ll see quite a few of these things turned into fun EV camping rigs. VW already makes that model, and it’s called the ID.California. Who knows if that one is coming over here, but if it doesn’t, that’s a missed opportunity since car camping and overlanding are big business.
As for the modern version, there’s also a model called the ID.Buzz Cargo, which is just what it sounds like. A cargo version would also be perfect for the van camper who wants a DIY canvas to build upon. But again, who knows if that one will make it here too.
What I do know is that the ID.Buzz we’ll see at our local dealer lots will be offered first as a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) model with a single motor and battery pack larger than the 77-kWh pack found with the short wheelbase model. The single-motor ID.Buzz will deliver 201 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. Not long after, though, expect VW to roll out its dual-motor version that gets all-wheel drive (AWD) and nearly 300 hp.
How Much Will the ID.Buzz Cost?
We don’t have the numbers yet, as VW is keeping this all quiet likely until they show us the U.S.-spec van in June. I hope the base model remains in the mid-$40,000 range and an eventual dual-motor keeps things in the low-$50,000 range.
If VW then adds the ID.California to the mix, expect that one to fetch in the upper-$50,000s to even somewhere in the $60,000s, depending on what Volkswagen offers on the inside concerning a camping setup.
Still, this is all speculation until we see the thing in June and VW starts doling out all the facts, specs, and numbers we’re eager to hear. So are you one of those folks biding your time for this thing, or has your patience run its course?
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