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2025 VW ID.Buzz finally coming to U.S., 5 things to know

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We’ve been watching the VW ID.Buzz since 2017 when it was first introduced at the North American International Auto Show as a concept. That’s six years and a pandemic ago, which seems like a lifetime. Then we saw it go over to Europe in 2022, and we waited and wondered when it would come to the U.S. Volkswagen has finally introduced the 2025 VW ID.Buzz for the American market, and here are the most important things to know.

It’s electric

For those who’ve been following along, this is a duh thing to know. But what is news is that the American market gets a bigger battery and more horsepower in the 2025 VW ID.Buzz. Mounted in the rear, the electric motor produces 282 horsepower, compared to 201 in the European models. This is for the base rear-wheel-drive models. All-wheel-drive is also available with a dual motor system and produces 330 horsepower. The battery is also larger at 91 kWh. Range is expected to be about 260 miles.

2025 VW ID.Buzz

We only get the long-wheelbase version

While Europe gets a two-row model, the U.S. does not. Our version is 192.4 inches long, nearly 10 inches longer than the European model, and gets three rows like a traditional minivan. It is about the same width as an Atlas, but 5 inches taller.

It has lots of standard stuff

Since we’ve waited so long for this vehicle to arrive stateside, it’s nice to know the 2025 VW ID.Buzz comes with a lot of standard whistles and bells. Think heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, power liftgate, leatherette seating, 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat and ambient lighting with 30 colors.

You’ll also have a standard “connected” experience with a 5.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 12.9 inch central infotainment display, wireless charging and wireless App-Connect.

Seating is for 6 or 7

There is a standard bench seat in the middle of the 2025 VW ID.Buzz, which gives seating for seven, but captain’s chairs are available. This means the third row only has seating for two. Both second and third rows fold flat, and the third row can be removed entirely.

2025 VW ID.Buzz

Sales begin in 2024

No, we don’t have pricing. And though the press release doesn’t state exactly when the 2025 VW ID.Buzz will go on sale, our best guess is mid-2024.

The bottom line on the 2025 VW ID.Buzz

The 2025 VW ID.Buzz is going a kitschy-cool take on the minivan with a strong retro vibe. I think we’ll see some of the OG VW bus fans clamoring to buy one, but with its standard goodies and flexible seating and cargo space, we’ll also see a new sect of people going for this – those who want something unusual and usable.

What do you think? Will the ID.Buzz make the minivan cool again?

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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