VW ID Beach Buggy Concept Teased, Could Debut In Geneva

Volkswagen is getting into the holiday spirit by sending out Christmas cards that provide a glimpse of the company’s next concept.

Received by Autocar’s Greg Kable, the Christmas card shows Santa has ditched his sleigh for a new beach buggy. This is notable as previous reports have suggested Volkswagen is working on an electric beach buggy that draws inspiration from the original Meyers Manx.

The teaser image is pretty dark, but we can see the concept has a short hood and a rakish windscreen. The model also appears to have a roll bar and curvaceous bodywork. Other highlights include Beetle-inspired round taillights, meaty tires and a rear-mounted flag which is used for identifying the car’s location on sands dunes.

Little is known about the beach buggy at this point, but the concept is expected to ride on the company’s MEB platform. The car will reportedly debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and could eventually reach production as it is said to be under “active consideration.”

While its sounds odd that Volkswagen would consider building an electric beach buggy, the automaker introduced the Buggy up! concept in 2011. That particular model was based on the up! and also drew inspiration from the Meyers Manx.

A production model would likely have limited appeal, but it could act as a halo vehicle that draws attention to the brand and gets customers interested in more traditional ID models.

The ID Beach Buggy isn’t the only retro-inspired vehicle under development as Volkswagen is also working on a production version of the ID Buzz concept which is a modern take on the iconic Microbus. The company is also said to be working on a five-door model inspired by the Beetle.

  • Mike anonymous

    VW stated they were actually going to build a beach buggy vehicle, so this concept may be our fist glimpse at what that could look like. I’m excited and looking forward to seeing this.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    The electric Manx / Thing!

Uninsured Lamborghini Urus Driver Acts Like A Tool, SUV Gets Seized By The Police

The man was only insured to drive his parents’ VW Golf, not Lamborghini’s super SUV.

Hyundai Is Bringing A Mysterious Global Debut To Los Angeles

The mystery model will be shown alongside a plug-in hybrid crossover concept and the facelifted Ioniq.

2020 Jetta VS7 Is A Seat Tarraco In Disguise For China

The 2020 Jetta VS7 comes exclusively with a 1.4-liter with a six-speed manual or auto.

Kia Teases What Looks To Be The Seltos For The U.S.

The Kia Seltos is available with a range of petrol and diesel engines depending on the market.

2020 Macan Turbo And Taycan 4S Headline Porsche’s LA Auto Show Lineup

The entry-level Porsche Taycan costs $103,800.

Guess Who’s Excited About The Ford Mustang Mach-E? Yep, That Would Be Elon Musk

Musk hopes the Ford Mustang Mach-E will push other automakers to go electric.

UAW Members Narrowly Approve Ford Contract That Includes Plant Closure

Ford’s contract with the UAW calls for a new product to be built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant that makes the Mustang.

Ferrari GTC4 Grand Lusso Is The Four-Door Prancing Horse You Never Knew You Wanted

The Ferrari GTC4 Grand Lusso has a sleek design with sharp angles and would make for a practical super saloon.

BMW’s i4 Has More Power Than The M3 At 523 HP, Can Charge Up To 80% In 35 Minutes

The BMW i4 will have an 80 kWh battery which will enable the model to travel 373 miles on a single charge.

Hyundai Wants In On Super Bowl LIV, Will Run 60-Sec Spot

Hyundai’s new 60-second Super Bowl LIV commercial will run in the second quarter of the game.