The VW I.D. Buzz has people ... buzzing
It may not be air-cooled, and it may not have a four-speed manual transmission. Heck, it may not run on gasoline at all. But there's no denying that the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept has rekindled interest in the minivan that started it all, way back in 1950 when VW chief Heinz Nordhoff approved a production version of the Type 2 that had been proposed by Dutch importer Ben Pon. Those humble beginnings bore fruit that ripened into a cultural icon with popularity that refuses to diminish.
So intrinsic is the draw of the Bus that Volkswagen has seen fit to tease an eager public with several concepts hinting that a remake of the van could be in the cards. But it wasn't until the I.D. Buzz Concept drew accolades at the 2017 Detroit Auto Showthat VW officially decided it's finally time to bring back the bus. A production version of the venerable van is expected to debut in 2022 as an all-electric people mover.
Here are four awesome concept vehicles based on the modern I.D. Buzz platform. Click on the image above to see a luxurious Deluxe mode, a sweet camper van, an off-road Syncro pickup truck, and even a reborn Mystery Machine.
VW I.D. Buzz Deluxe Rendering
Part of what makes VW's Type 2 resonate so much with so many people is its adaptability. The original bus and pickup morphed into everything from a deluxe model with sky lights and roll-back canvas roofs to camper conversions with space for four. Later in life, four-wheel-drive Syncro turned '80s and '90s Vanagon models into legitimate adventure vehicles.
The rendering above shows a revival of the classic VW Bus in Deluxe trim. That means it gets skylights all around, a big retractable canvas top, and luxurious interior trimmings.
We love this version of the all-electric I.D. Buzz, and we think it makes perfect sense for Volkswagen to consider something like it for production.
VW I.D. Buzz Camper Rendering
Everybody loves an old VW Bus, especially one that's been fitted with all the gear you need to go camping. Most vintage VW camper vans have beds for up to four people – two in the top, in this case a canvas popup, and two on the rear seat that folds into a bed.
We picture this modern interpretation with a small cooktop, refrigerator, and sink. Even if Volkswagen doesn't build something similar, there's always the aftermarket.
VW I.D. Buzz Syncro pickup truck
Not all vintage VW vans were actually vans. The German automaker used the same rear-engine platform to build pickup trucks, some with two doors and a single bench seat, and others with four doors for greater passenger-carrying capability.
In the 1980s, Volkswagen introduced the Syncro system to the Vanagon, which powered all four wheels and made the vans nearly unstoppable over any kind of terrain.
Here, we've added a small truck bed, raised the suspension to provide a meaningful amount of ground clearance, and added electric motors front and rear for true four-wheel drive.
VW I.D. Buzz Mystery Machine
This one's just for fun. Everybody remembers the Mystery Machine from their childhood days of Saturday morning cartoons, and despite the fact that the original version had no identifying logos depicting a specific manufacturer, the VW Bus is a perfect canvas for a retro-inspired redo.