The completion of the issue of the SEAT Alhambra at the AutoEuropa plant in Portugal symbolizes the birth of a new era in the history of the Volkswagen Group: the era in which the manufacturer will not be the traditional minivans. Related Volkswagen Sharan will hold on the line until the end of the year, and Junior VW Touran remained on the force a couple of years. In this Golf Sportsvan in the actual family are already missing.
Commenting on the situation, a member of the Board of Directors of the concern Frank Welsch said the publication Autocar that the actual successors will be seven-seat Touran Tiguan crossover Allspace that offers less internal space in a more fashionable form factor, and a minibus from the family of electric cars Volkswagen ID. Its harbinger was a concept ID. Buzz.
Speaking of the latter, the development Director also noted the spacious interior and “emotional” design, which, in his opinion, is just not enough traditional minivans. While the production model is supposedly even better than the prototype.
Recall that the conceptual Volkswagen ID. Buzz debuted in early 2017, in Detroit and in itself represented the evolution of the earlier concept, BUDD-e. Like all machines in this series, he has got developed specially for electric vehicles platform MEB. On each axle mounted 150-kilowatt electric motor providing all-wheel drive, and under the floor placed the battery on the 111 kilowatt-hours, which should be enough for 600 kilometers.
In 2018, the van appeared cargo modification ID. Buzz Cargo with triple compartment, rear-wheel-drive and variable-capacity batteries (from 48 to 111 kilowatt-hours). This electric vehicle is also planning to launch a series – it will be something like “younger brother” van VW e-Crafter.