VW ID. Buzz Will Make First Public Appearance At SXSW Next Month
VW ID. Buzz makes its global debut on March 9, and the company will reveal more than just a passenger version. VW announced on Twitter this week that it will also reveal a cargo van variant. This will happen two days before the European market ID. Buzz is making his first public appearance, which will take place in America at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival.
VW will be bringing the new van to “Buzz Stops” located throughout Austin, Texas, where both SXSW attendees and local residents can see the new electric vehicle. The van’s appearance at the event also marked the start of a three-year partnership between SXSW and Volkswagen. SXSW runs from March 11 to March 20.
Identity. Buzz will use VW’s MEB platform to support other EV efforts, sharing many components with the ID.3 and ID.4 already on sale. The van will come in standard body styles and a long wheelbase, with AS poised to get an extended version. As VW notes, it will showcase the European market van in Texas.
The van will likely offer single and dual motor configurations, meaning all-wheel drive will be an option. Battery capacity will range from 48.0 to 111.0 kilowatt-hours, which will see the van provide a range of up to 342 miles (500 miles) in Europe on the WLTP cycle. That figure is likely to be lower for the US version due to the different testing procedures between the two continents. There are rumors that VW is also developing a 400-horsepower (XXX-kilowatt) AWD variant.
Next month, we’ll get as many details as we want when VW reveals the van, which it probably doesn’t call ID. Buzz on debut. However, we’re interested in learning how the American version will differ from the European version, although we don’t know when that debut will happen. While the Buzz will go on sale before the end of the year in select European markets, the US version won’t go on sale until the second half of 2023 as the 2024 model year.