Remember the Volkswagen Microbus, or Kombi, as it was called in our market? Of course you do. Chances are, you probably grew up having one as your family car. Well, the iconic VW Microbus is about to make a comeback.
In a report by Automotive News, Volkswagen officials confirmed that the VW Microbus would indeed be hitting the production floor by 2022. The new VW would be around 4,294mm long and would come in two versions—consumer and commercial.
Moreover, Volkswagen said that unlike the Kombis of the 1960s that had a distinct-sounding air-cooled motor, this one will come with two electric motors that could generate something like 389hp. While range figures weren’t disclosed as of press time, the concept I.D. Buzz was touted to have 435kms of driving range before needing a recharge.
Volkswagen also confirmed that the commercial application would come with Level 3 autonomous driving capabilities. This means various driver assist systems taking over in certain situations to help relieve driver stress. VW also noted in an earlier report that all I.D. models—including the I.D. Crozz and I.D. Hatchback—would be fully autonomous by the year 2025.
With the upcoming VW electric Microbus being driven by compact electric motors, we can expect the van to offer truly spacious interiors. The German automaker also said that it would be giving owners flexible seating configurations.
The Volkswagen Electric Microbus will begin production in 2022.