2017 NAIAS: VW’s I.D. Buzz is yet another prologue to a modern Microbus image

Volkswagen is apparently going to flood the auto shows with concept cars foretelling the end of the decade introduction of the new electric lineup based on the new MEB architecture.

For the 2017 Detroit Auto show we have a version of the I.D. concept already seen during the 2016 Paris Motor Show – but we can also consider it an enhancement of the Budd-E concept seen last year during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Anyways, this all-wheel drive van of the future is yet another reenactment of the Microbus, with this futuristic version seating eight persons and being able to travel 270 miles per charge. The I.D. Buzz is seen as a high-tech Microbus of the future and of course comes with an all-electric powertrain and autonomous driving technology. The design is a mash-up between the two concepts and there are also interesting options such as the funky 22-inch alloy wheels painted in Galvano Gray Metallic. As a tribute to the T1, the three stylized air vents in the rear roof pillars connect the dots between past and future. Interestingly enough, the same can be said about the two-tone paint, a Silver Metallic shade combined with a Cyber Yellow Pearl Effect finish.

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Moving inside, there’s room for eight persons and everyone can become a simple passenger if the I.D. Pilot autonomous mode is enabled. When self-driving occurs, the spokeless steering wheel retracts – while there are also luxury touches such as the wooden floor and LED ambient lighting. The cockpit includes augmented reality head-up display, side view cameras, touch-sensitive steering wheel and even a removable tablet placed between the seats. Meanwhile, power is delivered via two electric motors with a combined total output of 369 horsepower (275 kilowatts) – one at the front and one in the back provide the AWD arrangement, so performance is rather impressive: 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) takes around five seconds and the top speed is capped at 99 mph (160 kph). There’s a big 111-kWh battery pack that may last up to 600 kilometers when discussing the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), or 270 miles in the more realistic EPA cycle. The group’s new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) is seen here in action in the XL version.