VW “Buggy” Concept Is A Modern Take on Classic ‘60s Dune Buggies
Car Pro | August 22, 2019
Volkswagen is continuing to roll out electric concepts, the latest of which is the ID. BUGGY, which recently made its North American debut. VW says it’s inspired by the classic dune buggies of the ‘60s. It definitely has its own VW flair to it.
The drivetrain of the zero emission I.D. BUGGY concept is well, of course, electric. The motor is integrated in the rear axle, with power electronics, a single-speed gearbox, and the high-voltage flat battery (62 kWh) arranged in the car floor to save space. The powertrain delivers 201-horsepower and maximum torque of 228 lb-ft from standstill, and gives the vehicle an estimated range of 155 miles on the WLTP cycle. This means that the electric vehicle can provide enough power to the rear axle, even off-road. The concept car sprints from zero to 62 mph in just 7.2 seconds. The maximum speed is electronically controlled at 99 mph.
VW calls the two-seater ID. Buggy the purest form of classic beach cruising. You’ll note the lack of doors and roof. Notably, the BUGGY’s modular design allows for the composite upper body to be detached from the MEB chassis, opening up a world of possibilities for custom vehicle production, as VW says the original Meyers Manx kit did for the first buggies.
Off-road features include standard 18-inch wheels and BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A off-road tires (255/55 at front and 285/60 at rear), as well as solid aluminum underbody protection that ensures that the front axle and ancillaries are not damaged during off-road driving. Two robust red steel eyelets are integrated in the bumpers for towing and the reinforced windshield frame and the Targa bar provide rollover support.
Inside, the ID. BUGGY features minimalist aesthetic and, yes, waterproof materials. The hexagonal steering wheel is even wrapped with water-repellent Nappa leather. It features touch controls in the crossbar, and a digital instrument cluster keeps the dash uncluttered. Despite the shortened wheelbase of the concept car, passengers have an unusually large amount of space. This is due to the ID. family’s compact electric drivetrain.
The ID. BUGGY joins the family of ID. concept and production models, each utilizing the MEB platform to inspire a new generation of Volkswagen drivers. A compact SUV based on the ID. CROZZ concept is expected to arrive in the U.S. late in 2020. The ID. BUZZ, the electric successor to the Microbus, is expected to go into production in 2022.