There Is Now A Long Wheelbase Version Of The Volkswagen ID. Buzz
We’ve seen manufacturers attempting to fit a 3rd row in luxury SUVs, but in truth they’re roomy enough for toddlers at best. Now with electrification added in the mix, challenges abound to create a high-riding vehicle that sits seven in comfort - with the former criteria made more difficult by thick battery packs beneath.
What if a manufacturer ditches the high-riding aspect, and focus on creating a seven-seater EV with stacks of space? Volkswagen’s answer will not surprise us. You can call this the spiritual successor to the classic VW camper van. But the ID. Buzz has proven since its launch last year that it was more than a minor rehash. Now, VW releases the long wheelbase (LWB) version, and we reckon it’s one of the most relevant upgrades in modern automotive history - a path as natural as electrifying a Rolls-Royce.
In LWB form, it now measures 4,962mm. The extra length is due to the increase in the wheelbase by 250mm to create room for a third row of seats, providing up to 2,469 litres of storage, and for a new, larger 85 kWh battery. A new heat pump increases efficiency in winter - not entirely relevant for our market, unless you venture to Genting Highlands, or even further to the peaks of Chiang Rai.
The large ID. Buzz will also be available with a new 286bhp electric drive motor. This electric drive motor increases the maximum speed to the electronic limit of 160 km/h, and sprint to 100km/h in 7.9 seconds.
Other new features of the large electric VW Bus include a head-up display, an upgraded next-generation infotainment system, and remote parking via smartphone. Meanwhile, a newly designed high-tech panoramic sunroof with smart glass brings back memories of the legendary Samba Bus of the 50s. At 1.5 square meters, it is the largest glass roof ever built by Volkswagen. The smart glass can be changed from transparent to opaque and vice versa using the touch slider or voice assistant.
Volkswagen Group Singapore will take in orders for the ID. Buzz, even the non-long wheelbase version, from mid next year onwards. If you’re feeling cheeky, this diesel-powered VW Touran with COE due to expire at the end of next year might be up your alley, just about the right timeline for you to place a deposit for another VW wedged on the other end of the spectrum…
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