Unconfirmed reports suggest the production model will not stray far from the current Transporter T6 van.Volkswagen is reportedly preparing to divulge more details of its ID Buzz production plans this week at Pebble Beach.The Buzz was unveiled as a revival of the original Microbus van with an electric powertrain that highlights the company's zero-emissions strategy in the wake of the diesel scandal. It will be among the first vehicles built upon VW Group's new MEB platform, developed specifically for EVs.
Aside from rumors pointing to a production debut in 2020 or 2021, few official details have been confirmed since the concept debuted in Detroit earlier this year.
Automotive News Europe sources suggest the Pebble Beach announcement will focus on collaboration between the Volkswagen passenger-car brand and the group's light commercial vehicle unit that currently handles production of the Microbus' business-focused descendant, the Transporter van.
The latest report speculates the Buzz may not stray far from the current-generation Transporter T6, though its underfloor batteries and small electric motors presumably provide more design flexibility in certain areas.
The ID Crozz crossover is expected to be the first MEB vehicle out of the gate, while the Buzz is expected to arrive in 2022. A Golf-inspired hatchback is also under development.