Essentially a modern day Meyers Manx, the ID Buggy is open roadster which features plastic bumpers and aluminum skid plates all around the vehicle. The model also has three-dimensional lighting units as well as illuminated VW logos.
Since the model was design to go off-road, it has a reinforced windshield, a rear roll bar, 9.4 inches (238 mm) of ground clearance and 18-inch alloy wheels that are wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires. Volkswagen also said the upper body is removable and this opens up a “world of possibilities for third-party manufacturers” who could theoretically make their own custom bodies.
The unique styling continues in the cabin as there’s two bucket seats that are covered in waterproof upholstery. Drivers sit behind a hexagonal steering wheel, wrapped in water-repellent Nappa leather, and find themselves facing a small digital instrument cluster. The concept also has zippered compartments and a small cargo bed which holds a matching skateboard.
MEB Platform and 201 electric horses
Like the rest of the ID family, the Buggy rides on the MEB platform. In this particular application, the car has a 62 kWh lithium-ion battery which powers a rear electric motor that develops 201 hp (150 kW / 204 PS) and 228 lb-ft (309 Nm) of torque. This enables the Buggy to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 7.2 seconds, hit a limited top speed of 99 mph (159 km/h) and travel up to 155 miles (249 miles) in the WLTP cycle.
Volkswagen also said it’s possible to install a second electric motor which would give the Buggy all-wheel drive and a significant power boost. The company didn’t go into specifics, but the all-wheel drive variant could potentially have a combined output of 402 hp (300 kW / 408 PS) and 456 lb-ft (618 Nm) of torque.