The sixties are back; well, almost. Volkswagen has shown us how its MEB all-electric platform can turn its hand to city hatchbacks, chunky crossovers, luxury sedans, and even a modern-day microbus. Now, it’s the turn of the classic dune buggy.
Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2019, the VW I.D. Buggy gives the MEB architecture a more playful suit to romp in. Rear-wheel drive – though with the option of all-wheel drive – the electric buggy has oversized wheels and sports suspension, with reinforcement to the sills and underbody so that it can shake off bumps and knocks. The 62 kWh battery pack, slung low under the floor to keep the center of gravity grounded, is good for 155 miles of driving on the European cycle.
Inside, a pared-back cabin is, thankfully, waterproof – the I.D. BUGGY doesn’t have a roof or doors. VW envisages a world where, as with the original dune buggies and the Beetle that underpinned them, third-party small-volume manufacturers could take the architecture and add their own, custom bodies. Sadly, for that to happen VW would need to green-light I.D. BUGGY production, something it currently has no intention of doing.