Just a month ago, Volkswagen teased an all-electric Buggy concept set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Now, the car is finally here. Meet the ID. Buggy, based on the company’s modular electric drive matrix (or MEB).
Clearly inspired by the original Beetle-based Buggies of the 1960s, the ID. Buggy sports a retro off-roader look, with all-terrain tires, a tall ride height, and skid plates all around. The body is made from a mixture of aluminum, steel, and plastic. There’s a roll bar, but no doors or roof. There are bumpers with tow hooks, and space for things (or another set of seats) behind the front row. The interior takes a minimalistic approach, with a small digital cluster in front of the steering wheel, and a shelf for trinkets on the dash.
Powering the ID. Buggy is a floor-mounted lithium ion battery pack sending energy to a rear-mounted 204-horsepower electric motor. Thanks to its modular design, VW says another motor can be added to power the front wheels, and the upper body can be detached from the MEB chassis altogether.
This is the fifth “ID” series concept car VW has shown us so far, following the ID. compact, ID. Buzz van, ID. Crozz SUV, and ID. Vizzion sedan. All of the cars use the company’s MEB platform.