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Sooner or later, it’s almost certain that Volkswagen will bring back the Microbus in some form.
The original Volkswagen Microbus is one of the most iconic vehicles ever, and the latest iteration is more modern and potentially previews a future electric vehicle. As the company tries to exit from its massive diesel scandal, it’s focusing on electrified powertrains and this is the second I.D. Concept to debut.
Called the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz, it has an all-electric range of 270 miles and is all-wheel drive. As a concept, it’s fully autonomous, allowing the driver’s seat to turn to face the rear passengers and the steering wheel can retract into the dash. The German automaker says its self-driving system could be available on production cars by 2025.
There’s plenty of futuristic highlights inside the cabin of the ID Buzz Concept, including an augmented reality head-up display, capacitive touch surfaces, flexible seating, a wood floor, an integrated and removable tablet and a panoramic roof. And since it does pay tribute to the Microbus, the third row of seating can be turned into a bed for camping, while the second row can be reconfigured as tables.