VW ID Buggy Concept Is A Modern Day Meyers Manx

Following a handful of teasers, Volkswagen has unveiled the ID Buggy concept at the Geneva Motor Show.

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.

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  • COOL. PUT A LID AND SOME WINDOWS ON IT AND DRIVE IT YEAR ROUND.

    • Alx

      Ditto!

  • Alx

    Actually love this thing… whilst its a clear nod to past, it totally captures the zeitgeist of the current shift towards active lifestyle and nature.

    These jacked up activity vehicles is where the design is clearly heading.

  • Blade t

    I wonder if they actually gonna produce these..

  • TheBelltower

    Love this. But I’m getting really tired of all the talk. They’ve been talking about the remake of a stupid minibus and dune buggy since the 1990s. Next we are going to hear about an EV Scirocco or Corrado. Build one of them already!

  • Paul

    It looks like it would be right at home in these old folks communities.

  • DaruniaG

    Why do Volkswagen waste huge amounts of investments to develop things like this?

    • Mike anonymous

      I’d rather the money & investments go into developing and producing this here, opposed to another crossover (dubbed ‘SUV’).

      Cool, Fun, & Funky Design is what the world needs right now in my opinion, and funky, fun, & cool designs are the reason why people still love VW, apart from it being intertwined with their history (i.e. the Beetle, Van/Bus, & the Thing).

      • TheHake

        They develop systems like this and platforms. That bodywork is just so they don’t reveal what it will be used for. It’s certainly not wasted.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Ever hear of fun?

  • Dennis Scipio

    That’s a skateboard in the back of the buggy on Image 29?

  • Six Thousand Times

    Cute as a…dune buggy but how heavy is it?

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