There are few cars in the history of the industry as charismatic as the Kombi. That’s why Volkswagen turned to one of its biggest icons when launching its first electric utility vehicle.
The ID Buzz is one of the main attractions of the manufacturer at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany. Even though it is not cheap (its prices range from 55 thousand euros to 65 thousand euros (something between R$ 280 thousand and R$ 330 thousand in direct conversion), ID. Buzz was a resounding success already in the pre-sale, which had to be closed due to high demand.
More than 10,000 units have been reserved in Europe. And that’s because pre-sales haven’t even started in markets like the UK and France.
In Brazil, ID. Buzz made his first public appearance during Rock In Rio, a music festival sponsored by Volkswagen. The brand, by the way, does not talk about the launch of the van in the country and says that it will assess the receptivity of the market. It is the same discourse adopted on the ID.3 and ID.4, which have already participated in several brand events.
The trend, however, is that the “electric Kombi” will be launched in Brazil in 2023, as well as the other battery-powered models of the German company.
To run more than 400 km
VW’s booth at the fair is full of ID.Buzz units for all tastes. Initially, the model will be offered in two variations: the Pro, intended for passenger transport; and Cargo, designed to carry cargo.
Whatever the configuration, the ID Buzz is powered by a 77 kWh lithium-ion battery (82 kWh gross). It feeds the 204 hp electric motor and instant torque of 31.6 kgfm that drives the rear axle.
The range is estimated at 423 kilometers according to the WLTP cycle, which is the standard adopted by most European manufacturers.
According to VW, the maximum charging power is 170 kW in direct current, allowing ultra-fast charging of up to 80% of the charge in just 30 minutes. If you choose alternating current up to 11 kW, the customer will need to recharge the van for up to seven hours.
Basic only in look
The entry-level version of the electric station wagon is identified by the unpainted hubcaps and mirror caps. Inside, however, it is difficult to notice the differences in relation to the other versions.
The Cargo configuration has only one row of seats, which can be ordered with two or three seats. The wheels are 20 inches and the list of standard items is not so generous, although it does bring the efficient IQ Light smart headlights with matrix LEDs.
Initially, the ID. Buzz Pro will be sold in five or six passenger configurations, in a 2+3 and 3+3 layout, respectively.
In the future, the station wagon will have a variation with elongated wheelbases, expanding the capacity to seven people (in 2+3+2 configuration) spread across three rows of seats. In the case of the configuration to carry cargo (like the white unit that opens this paragraph), VW says that the useful cargo area is 6 m³.
If it is really launched here, the “Electric Kombi” should only be brought in the most complete version, which includes 21-inch alloy wheels, driving assistance and a complete version of the in-flight entertainment system, which includes a 10.1 inches.
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*Trip invited by Anfavea