Through the course of a roughly 10-minute hype video preceding the new ID.5 launch, VW showed us the ID.5’s features, tech, and styling.
…All pretty standard vehicle reveal-ly type stuff.
But then! In the closing moments, the presenters began a tongue-in-cheek sidebar and shifted the camera abruptly from the ID.5 to a seemingly production-ready ID.BUZZ that was sitting slightly off screen.
Why is this news? Especially after VW already said the ID.BUZZ would see production?
Well, it basically confirms that VW was serious about faithfully reincarnating the classic “hippie bus” as an EV for the 21st century. After teasing us with fantastic VW Microbus concepts for years, many cynics mused that the actual production ID.BUZZ would be a more traditionally-styled (read: mundane) crossover SUV.
But it looks like VW stuck with the throwback look.
VW has announced the ID.BUZZ European launch is happening in the third quarter of next year, and the U.S. will get it sometime in 2023, which likely means the automaker is tooling up its factories soon.
In other words, the pre-production ID.BUZZ we see in the ID.5 video is probably pretty darn close to what we’ll get when VW starts cranking them out for real.