Associated with the hippie movement and one of Brazil’s most famous vehicles, the Volkswagen Kombi (also known as the sandwich loaf) has been relaunched with a new design, becoming an electric car, now known as a ID Buzz. Despite its modern look, the van has features inherited from the classic model, which was withdrawn from circulation in 2013 for failing to meet certain safety standards, such as ABS brakes and dual front airbags.
The ID Buzz has a 150 kW, 201 hp electric motor, powered by 77 kWh batteries, with a range of 400 kilometers and a top speed of 144 km/h. The vehicle has a 170 kW charger, capable of recharging from 5 to 80% in about half an hour. And it even has an energy-guzzling smartphone charging system.
Check out the new ID Buzz template in the gallery:
The new car will go into production in the coming months and will be available in Europe in the fall. The vehicle seats five passengers and has a luggage capacity of 1,121 litres. But it is possible to fold the second row of seats and increase the cargo capacity to 2205 liters. There is also a cargo-only version, with a fixed bulkhead of 3.9 cubic meters of space aft.
Inside, in addition to the comfort of modern vehicles, the van could not fail to offer access to technology. It has eight USB connectors in the cockpit and another five in the cargo area. The cockpit offers a 5.30-inch screen, in addition to an infotainment system with a touchscreen up to 12 inches (the standard will be 10 inches). It also means that most of the traditional buttons have been replaced with haptic features and screens for most functions.
You can even change the ambient lighting to 30 different colors. The seats have memory and the ability to massage passengers. The brand also specifies that its finishes were built with recycled materials, the van being vegan with regard to the origin of the materials of the seats.
Volkswagen has yet to reveal ID Buzz pricing, but it is known that in 2025 the model is expected to be used in self-driving taxi services in Germany, the brand’s country of origin.