The U.S. version of the VW ID.Buzz electric van will debut June 2, Volkswagen has confirmed.
It will have a long-wheelbase configuration and seven seats as standard.
It will arrive for the 2025 model year and will go on sale in the U.S. in summer 2024.
UPDATE 5/18/23: Volkswagen announced the debut date of the 2025 ID.Buzz as June 2, 2023. It will take place in Huntington Beach, California, and the date will be designated as International Volkswagen Bus Day. There will be opportunities for classic VW Bus owners to show off their vehicles and the event will be live-streamed on YouTube starting June 2 at 11 a.m. Eastern time.
UPDATE 3/13/23: VW confirmed to C/D that the U.S.-bound ID.Buzz will arrive for the 2025 model year and that it will go on sale on our shores a year after the debut, in June 2024. We have updated this story accordingly.
VW's Microbus revival, the electric ID.Buzz van, is already on sale in Europe, and now we're finally getting some updates on the U.S. version and when it will arrive on our shores. Volkswagen has confirmed that the long-wheelbase version of the Buzz will make its debut in June before going on sale in America for the 2024 model year. Our spy photographers have also spotted a prototype of the LWB van testing in wintry conditions, giving us our first look at this different configuration.
The difference between the short-wheelbase European model and the long-wheelbase U.S. model is most obvious if you look at the length of the rear sliding doors. Otherwise, the two look nearly identical on the outside. The U.S. version will come standard with three rows of seats and should offer seating for seven passengers, while the Euro version has two rows of seats. We expect some other interior trim differences, although we're hoping that the fun interior color options make their way to our market.
VW has also told us that the bigger U.S.-bound Buzz will have a larger battery pack than the 77.0-kWh pack available elsewhere. The base model will have a single rear-mounted electric motor producing 201 horsepower, and a dual-motor all-wheel-drive upgrade will be optional and should offer the same 295 horsepower as the AWD option in the ID.4 SUV.
The Buzz won't go on sale in the U.S. until a year after the debut, as a VW spokesperson told C/D that it will arrive on our shores in June 2024. Look for more information to come when the 2025 ID.Buzz makes its official debut in June, including pricing, range estimates, and more.
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