We recently told you the German automaker was looking to head over to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with a mysterious concept and the latest rumor it would be a Microbus prototype.
Volkswagen has been touting a return to its iconic bus design for years, and one of the nicer reinterpretations was the Bulli concept first showcased back in 2011. It appears now the classic camper van could make another comeback in a high-tech XXI-century form: all electric and showcasing VW’s vision of the future of autonomous driving, safety and connectivity besides the eco credentials. The report states the VW Microbus would mark another return as an electric concept in time for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas taking place in early January – ahead of the traditional North American International Auto Show. Also the German automaker intends to later confirm the full fledged production series return of the iconic van.
The concept should serve as a very faithful preview of the series model which should be manufactured at the Puebla factory in Mexico from 2017 for the North American market, with the concept also premiering the company’s newly developed electric drive system and a full range of contemporary connectivity options. It appears the new zero emissions powertrain has been based off the one employed by the Audi R8 E-Tron and Audi Q6 E-Tron Quattro concept, which should deliver a safe range of 400 to 500 km (250-310 miles). The production Microbus will have traditional engines as well – turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel versions, fitted into a body that is said to be smaller than the current generation Multivan.