The German automaker has decided to unleash the first teaser picture of its all new concept that is set to make its official worldwide public debut during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas this coming January.
We have been treated to the front 45 percent angle – though this one doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the usual Euro NCAP crash test. Instead, we got to see LED headlights, an equally-LED laden radiator grille, an illuminated VW logo and what appear to be “C”-shaped daylight running lights. More details have been kept closer to home by Volkswagen but as far as we can make out we’re rooting for an upright grille with a flat hood which could mean we’re going to be treated to a concept that is rather tall. Volkswagen itself had to say about the prototype being an exponent of a “new era of affordable long-range electric vehicles.” It also added it would showcase the changing automotive industry – which we reckon means it will also boast the latest high-tech credentials of the company – from connectivity to safety and even autonomous driving.
The rumor mill on this particular concept has painted the picture of a long-awaited reenactment of the classic Microbus – no official word is out yet, naturally, but reports are painting a 2017 production date and a choice of different powertrains: turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline and diesel, besides the all electric architecture. And the latter should have a pretty good range of 250-310 miles (400-500 km), putting it out there next to upcoming models such as the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt.