Back to the ID.Buggy concept car itself, this dune off-road concept car based on the MEB modular electric vehicle platform has a length of only 4063mm and a car width of 1890mm, with a height of 1463mm and a wheelbase of 2650mm. There are very short front and rear overhangs that give better entry and exit angles. Its overall design inherits the basic elements of the dune off-road vehicle in the 1960s. It has a simple car body structure, even abandoning the door and the roof, adopting an open cockpit design, and an anti-roll cage structure for protecting the driver and the occupant at the rear of the front seat. The design element also echoes the original Beetle, which was used as a foundation for the dune off-road vehicle in the 1960s. Because of the air-cooled rear engine, there is no need to install a heat sink at the front. The same is true for Volkswagen ID.Buggy. The identity of the electric car makes ID.Buggy less demanding for the front grille. It is also equipped with a three-dimensional design LED headlight surrounded by oval lines, and a Volkswagen logo that also uses LED light source. Constructed a unique look.
In the off-road configuration, the new model is equipped with 18-inch wheels and BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A? off-road tires (front wheel 255/55, rear wheel 285/60) and a sturdy aluminum bottom guard to ensure The front axle and auxiliary equipment are not damaged during off-road driving, and the aluminum side sills have additional bottom guards.
Because it emphasizes pure driving pleasure, ID.Buggy’s car is actually quite simple. The seat is made of a waterproof bucket seat that supports the centrifugal force generated during cornering by laterally supporting the shoulders and waist. Although the concept car uses a two-seat design, Volkswagen said that if needed, ID.Buggy can leave the space in the back seat and convert it into a space layout of the “2+2” seat.
The Volkswagen ID.Buggy powertrain consists of a motor mounted on the rear axle and a single-speed transmission with some control elements mounted to the front axle. The pure electric power system of the rear drive can output a maximum power of 164 kW and a peak torque of 309 N·m. The acceleration time of 0 to 100 km/h is 7.2 s, but the maximum speed is limited to 160 km/h. As a purely modular platform, the high degree of ductility is naturally an indispensable label for the MEB platform. It has a flat battery layout, support for rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, ideal weight distribution, smart charging, adapting to different types of vehicles, etc. The highlight is that based on a highly modular platform, Volkswagen can further reduce R&D costs, shorten time and increase production efficiency. In addition, MEB can support cross-brand models.
Unlike the “T”-shaped layout adopted by brands such as Volvo, ID.Buggy under the Volkswagen MEB platform places the flat battery in the middle of the chassis, similar to Tesla. In addition to the flatness of the second row of floors, the layout can maximize the interior space of the car, and achieve an ideal weight distribution of 50:50 before and after, optimizing the handling performance.
Volkswagen’s vision for electrification is ambitious. It envisages that the scale of production of 1.5 million electric vehicles will be achieved by 2025, and the investment for this is considerable. At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, in addition to Volkswagen’s concept car ID.BUGGY, SEAT EL-Born, Audi’s Q4 e-Tron and other MEB platform models have also appeared. It is difficult to start the so-called all things, how to better implement the electrification route in the future, we will wait and see.