The ID.Buzz is gradually becoming an iconic van since its launch with its retro styling and its electric, to make things even better, the German automaker has taken the lid off its 7-seat variant (LWB) which is poised for the US market.
At 4,962 mm the ID.Buzz US model is 250 mm longer than its European sibling. The extra row of seats is just one benefit – 264 l of extra cargo space with all the seats down is cool, but the biggest benefit is the new battery.
The 91 kWh unit (85 kWh usable) adds an extra 8 kWh capacity when compared to the shorter ID. Buzz. The company hasn’t revealed the range estimates yet, but we should expect far more than a 10% increase. That’s due to the fact the US version comes with the latest APP550 powertrain first introduced by the brand new VW ID.7 – it’s not only more powerful, but it’s also far more efficient at the same time.
Unlike the European VW ID. Buzz that struggles with its weight in the Pro version thanks to its puny 201 hp electric motor, the US model starts with 286 hp (210 kW). The much larger (and heavier) 7-seat Buzz accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds – 2.3 seconds quicker than the European Pro version, and the top speed is increased to 160 km/h.
But that’s not all – the AWD version is available from the launch, it uses a 340 hp electric motor coupled with 679 Nm of torque that will turn any school run or camping trip into an unforgettable experience. If that’s not enough, 2024 will see the debut of an even more powerful GTX version.
The US version comes fully equipped – power seats, power windows tinted at the back, optional captain seats for the second row, and a new smart glass roof that goes from opaque to transparent at a touch of a button. The rear bench can move 200.7 mm back and forth, and it slides 102 mm forward when passengers need to jump out of the car.
The long-wheelbase ID. Buzz comes standard with the IQ.DRIVE system, it keeps the car centered on the highway, it alerts the driver to obstacles when driving around the town, and it reads the road signs. Park Assist with remote parking is optional, but the clever head-up display is standard.