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VW reveals ID Buzz electric van and MPV (gallery)

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed the retro-styled ID Buzz Cargo van and the ID Buzz MPV after reinventing its iconic camper concept for the EV age.

The new electric vehicles are expected to go on sale in May, with the first examples arriving in dealerships in October.

They share a platform with the existing VW ID range of cars and will be sold alongside the new Multivan, which will replace the existing Caravelle, Sharan and Touran people carriers.

Prices will start at around £40,000 for the Buzz Cargo and from £50,000 for the MPV.

Initially, a single-motor rear-wheel-drive powertrain will be offered, using an 82kWh battery.

The motor is shared with other VW ID vehicles and produces 204PS and 309Nm.

A more powerful dual-motor version will join the range next year.

There’s no official range figure yet, but VW says the ID Buzz should be capable of around 250 miles per charge.

The vehicle is also equipped for 170kW DC fast charging, allowing the battery level to rise from 5% to 80% in about 30 minutes.

At 4,712mm long, the Buzz sits between the VW Caddy and Transporter. It has a wheelbase of 2,988 mm.

The van offers a load space of 3.9 cubic metres, which is less than the 5.8 cubic metres in the back of the smallest T6.1 Transporter.

There’s no official payload information, yet, but the Buzz Cargo has a projected figure of 585Kg.

The new model line’s assistance systems include a Car2X local warning system, which utilises signals from other vehicles and the transport infrastructure to spot hazards in real time.

Also included as standard is the Front Assist emergency braking function and, in the MPV, the Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant.

A new system: Travel Assist with swarm data, which facilitates partially automated driving across the entire speed range and, for the first time, assisted lane-changing on the motorway, will be available as an option.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will launch a new Amarok pick-up truck in 2023, following the introduction of the Buzz.

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