Forthcoming electric ID Buzz lineup bolstered with the addition of the stretched LWB seven-seater at launch
Volkswagen Australia has confirmed that the long-wheelbase seven-seat ID Buzz will join the short wheel-base five-seater version – and three-seat ID Buzz Cargo delivery van – at the electric vans’ local launch in Q4 2024.
At a recent brand event, Volkswagen Australia revealed that the two passenger van specifications at launch will include the already confirmed SWB Pro 5 Seater RWD together with the newly announced LWB version that will be initially offered in Pro 7 Seater RWD guise.
Where the SWB will offer 2-plus-3 seating, the LWB will get a 2-plus-3-plus-2 configuration.
At 4962mm, the LWB version of the ID Buzz is 250mm longer in both length and wheelbase than the SWB format, allowing space for a third row seating. The larger body style also allows up to a whopping 2469L of cargo space according to its maker.
While Volkswagen Australia hasn’t revealed pricing or full specifications for its MY24 ID Buzz, it did present some of the range highlights that buyers should expect come its Q4 2024 release.
It will come in 11 different colours with wheel sizes of up to 21 inches. Meanwhile, the interior colour schemes will be available in all black, all white, or combinations that mirror the exterior paint colour across the interior trim work.
Interior highlights include 30-colour ambient lighting, dual-electric sliding side doors, dedicated rear climate control for rows two and three, an option of a panoramic glass roof and multimedia system of up to 12-inches in size.
Volkswagen Australia’s presentation also revealed that a “performance variant” will be announced some time in 2024. This might possibly be a circa-250kW dual-motor GTX guise that has been revealed globally and potentially slated for a 2025 Australian release.
However, there are some significant potential variables at play.
The 2023-spec rear-drive ID Buzz Pro specification offered globally – as tested recently by Editor Tom Baker in Europe – currently offers 150kW and 310Nm.
However, Volkswagen’s other RWD EVs are receiving a 210kW and 545Nm upgrade, most notably the facelifted ID4 and ID5 electric SUV that Volkswagen Australia has confirmed will arrive for those models’ debut in Aus in mid-2024.
During Volkswagen Australia’s recent brand day in Sydney, it revealed that the versions of the ID Buzz RWD for the local lineup are slated for a “product update Q1 2024” prior to its Q4 2024 release, while stating that “motor specifications [for ID Buzz RWD] to be confirmed later”.
It’s very possible that the ID Buzz’s Q1 2024 product update will include the upgrade to the 210kW and 545Nm APP550 drive system that arrives mid-year in (facelifted) ID4 and ID5.
Further, the GTX spec is confirmed to bring 250kW (up 30kW) high-performance power for Australian ID4 and ID5, so a potential ID Buzz GTX would very possibly follow suit in 2025.
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