A long-wheelbase model of the Volkswagen ID Buzz is coming with extra seats but much of the same design.
This is our first look at the new Volkswagen ID.Buzz long-wheelbase model. Spied undergoing development, it’s designed to be an even more practical version of Volkswagen‘s all-electric MPV with seven seats instead of the usual five. The extra space will make the ID.Buzz more of a rival to the Citroen e-SpaceTourer and Peugeot e-Traveller.
We’ve seen a teaser of the seven-seat ID.Buzz before, in an investor presentation back in 2022 that revealed the interior layout. The standard format would be two seats in the front, three for the middle row and two in the back, but there will be the ability to move the seats around and even remove them to maximise loading space – just like with the new VW Multivan.
Our spy images have caught the ID.Buzz in winter test conditions with fairly light camouflage, suggesting a full reveal is imminent. The exterior design is pretty much identical to the regular ID.Buzz’s, with the extra length coming in the wheelbase.
The ID.Buzz launched with an inaugural ‘1st Edition’ trim level (which has now gone off sale) and we expect the longer model to get the same treatment, with Life and Style trims arriving later. We also expect to see the same 10-inch Discover Pro infotainment system as the standard version. Equipment specifications will mimic those of the smaller model and the powertrain should remain the same too.
Despite extra room for a larger battery pack, we’re likely to see a capacity of 77kWh, sending 150kW and 310Nm of torque to the rear wheels. With the extra mass, the ID.Buzz LWB will probably fall short of the regular model’s 415km maximum range.
While the ID Buzz is not near being confirmed for Australia yet, Volkswagen will launch its first electric model locally this year, the ID 4.