The new Volkswagen ID Buzz EV is set to receive an open-back pickup variant to rival the Rivian R1T, according to a never-before-seen design sketch revealed by a senior designer.
Shared on World Design Day by Volkswagen Group design boss Klaus Zyciora, the sketch shows the original Buzz concept with the rear third of its roof removed for an open-top truck platform.
The designer didn’t share any further details about the digital sketch, but he asked if fans would like to see it taken “to the next level,” and many on Instagram replied, “Build it; build it now!
In a separate tweet, VW also suggested other versions could be on the cards, adding, “There are a lot of unseen design projects.”
Notably, Volkswagen bosses recently revealed to Autocar that an electric version of the next Amarok is on the cards and could launch around the middle of the decade. However, this would be marketed with a more overt commercial orientation than any pickup version of the user-friendly Buzz ID.
The ID Buzz, an electric sequel to the 1950s Microbus available as a minivan and van, will be released in the UK in October. It features a single-motor electric powertrain used by other ID models, with 201 hp and 228 lb-ft of torque sent to the rear wheels.
Official pricing has yet to be announced, but the range will start at around £40,000 for the van and increase to nearly £50,000 for the people carrier. More powerful two-motor, four-wheel-drive models are expected to be added to the lineup in 2023, with an ID Buzz California motorhome expected to arrive in 2024.
These most recent sketches were released just over a year after a convertible variant of the Volkswagen ID 3 was teased. Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstätter has suggested that an open-top version of the electric sedan of the brand “could provide an entirely new and extraordinary feeling of freedom”.
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This notice was published: 2022-04-28 11:35:45