At the motor show in Geneva Volkswagen presented a concept ID Buggy, created by the German brand with a share sense of humor, to demonstrate how his new electric architecture can be adapted to different vehicles. The concept draws inspiration from buggy based on the VW Beetle, which was an integral part of American surf culture of the 1960-ies and 70-ies.
In fact, it is an open Roadster with the plastic bumpers and aluminum trim throughout the car. The model also has a three-dimensional lighting, and illuminated VW logos.
Since the model was developed for off-road, it has a reinforced windscreen, rear transverse beam, ground clearance 238 mm and 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in tires BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A. Volkswagen also said that the upper part of the body is removable, which opens up “a world of possibilities for third-party vendors”, which theoretically can create your own body.
Unique styling continues in the cabin, where there are two bucket seats covered with waterproof upholstery. The driver sits behind the hexagonal steering wheel, covered water-repellent nappa leather, in front of a small digital instrument cluster. The concept also has compartments for small items and a small trunk.
As the rest collection ID buggy is powered by a MEB. The show car has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 62 kW/h that powers the electric motor on the back that develops 204 HP and 309 Nm of torque. This allows it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds and reach a top maximum speed of 160 km/h on distance up to 250 km in the cycle WLTP.
Volkswagen announced that it will install a second motor, which will provide four-wheel drive and a significant power gain. The company did not elaborate, but the variant with all-wheel drive could potentially have a total capacity of 408 HP and 618 lb-ft of torque.
He Volkswagen to launch the concept into production is not going, although, according to the head of sales and marketing, VW of Jurgen Stackmann, “this show car was pre-designed ready for production”.
And the head of VW design Klaus Bischoff told Autocar that the purpose of the machine, “70% ready for production”, is to prove that “electric vehicles can bring pleasure.” According to Stackmann, the project will maintain a VW, including the supply of equipment and development and manufacture will take the company e.Go Mobile, first bought the license to use the platform MEB.
“The platform is so versatile, says Claus – that, along with mass production, it may also enable small firms to produce own car to order in quantities of 50 pieces or more, as did firms like Karmann in the past.”
Volkswagen executives said that with the platform on outsourcing approximately 75 percent of the car will consist of the “mechanics” of Volkswagen, and the remaining quarter is “superficial” details of the design.
In other words, even if VW won’t run the concept into production, we can see how someone in the future will rebuild this buggy.