The long-wheelbase ID. Buzz will add third row of seats to funky all-electric family car
The long-wheelbase, seven-seater version of the Volkswagen ID. Buzz will be unveiled on 2 June, it has been confirmed. This even more practical version of the all-electric MPV is due to join the ID. Buzz range in mid 2024, and will sit alongside the existing five-seater model and a high-performance GTX variant still to come.
The extra row of seats and cabin space will allow the ID. Buzz to better rival zero emissions people carriers like the Citroen e-SpaceTourer, Peugeot e-Traveller and Vauxhall Vivaro Life Electric, as well as some combustion-engined seven-seat family SUVs such as the Kia Sorento, Nissan X-Trail and Hyundai Santa Fe.
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We’ve already seen a teaser of the seven-seat ID. Buzz, 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 Volkswagen Multivan.
Our spy images have also caught the ID. Buzz in winter test conditions with fairly light camouflage, confirming that the exterior design is pretty much identical to the regular ID. Buzz’s. The much longer sliding side and extra length in the wheelbase are the only visual giveaways, as it features the same familiar face, full-width lightbar up front and single-piece tailgate.
The ID. Buzz launched with an inaugural ‘1st Edition’ trim level (which has now gone off sale) and we expect the long-wheelbase model to get the same treatment, with Life and Style trims offered later. We also expect to see the same 10-inch Discover Pro infotainment system as the standard version, as well as the choice of eye-catching two-tone paint schemes. 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 almost certain the seven-seat ID. Buzz will stick with a 77kWh battery, used to power a rear-mounted electric motor producing 201bhp and 310Nm. However, because it’ll be heavier, the ID. Buzz LWB will probably fall short of the regular model’s 258-mile maximum range.
It’s likely to cost more, too; with the extra practicality of seven seats meaning a rise over the five-seater’s £58,915 starting price.
Before the seven-seat version arrives, read our full in-depth review of the VW ID. Buzz…
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