Aside from the Type 1 Beetle, the Type 2 Bus is Volkswagen’s undisputed most widely acknowledged vehicle. Some might say it’s one of the most identifiable vehicles of all time. Much credit can be provided to the Type 2’s social impacts during the 1960s and 1970s in American popular culture thanks to the hippie movement. However regretfully, Volkswagen has actually left the Bus and its timeless styling to the pages of history.
Interestingly enough, the last Type 2 Bus, otherwise called the T2 Kombi, rolled off the assembly line on December 31, 2013 in Sao Paulo. The Brazil-only model passed away at the hands of safety legislation mandating ABS and dual front airbags– changes Volkswagen hesitated to make on a 63-year-old model. Other versions of the Bus existed, naturally, changing names with each generation. The Type 2 Bus, or Microbus, Transporter, Kombi, or camper, depending on whom you ask, transformed into the Type 3, Type 4, and Type 5 in other parts of the world.
Starting in 2015, Volkswagen has been building the Type 6, referred to as the Transporter, in Germany. However, this van is modern-day in every sense of the word, without any hints hinting at its storied past. Rather, it’s simply a forgettable van developed to haul passengers or freight that mixes into the rolling European countryside.
American car manufacturers, on the other hand, are hectic building contemporary cars with retro hints, recalling glory days of minutes forever past. That pleads the concern: what if Volkswagen did the same? What if Volkswagen developed an unique version of its Transporter that returned 1969 when t-shirts were tie-dyed, hair was long, love was free, war was bad, and Woodstock was the place to be?
2020 Volkswagen Van Exterior
Clearly, our making is based upon Volkswagen’s ID Buzz Concept from the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. What the principle lacked in functionality for production, we’ve included. That consists of usable headlights, a more reasonable front bumper, real wheels and tires, more sensible windows, four real doors, and a basic sense of better expediency for production.
The Bus features a slick two-tone paint scheme that imitates the initial Type 2. The grille-less front provides a vibrant background for the chrome VW logo design and blue-hued LED headlights. Fog lights down low assistance supplement the headlights in adverse weather, too. The Bus foregoes the modern front-engine, front-drive design of the T6 for the classic rear-engine, rear-drive design. Though this does minimize the general length of the front end, it does produce a maneuverable city-dweller. Volkswagen would definitely have its work cut out to pass crash tests, but absolutely nothing is impossible. Out back, the rear features a strong D-pillar, similar to the original Type 2. This likewise gives space for the powertrain kept under the luggage compartment behind the rear seats.
2020 Volkswagen Van Interior
While we didn’t go so far regarding render the interior, we’re envisioning something far more useful that the ID Concept’s spartan and futuristic cockpit. A standard wheel would be great, at least. Other aspects of the ID Buzz’s interior might make production, such as the lengthened dashboard with accent coloring and the small rack down below.
Also possible is the high center console, though it would likely connect to the dash in a production model. Similar to the ID Buzz, a portion of it could slide rearward to serve the second-row guests. Collapsible tables aren’t out of the question; just take a look at vans of the past.
Another feature we ‘d love to see make the shift are the rotating front pail seats. This allows the front residents to deal with forward or turned rearward for communicating with rear guests. Well, save for the driver when underway.
2020 Volkswagen Van Engine
The ID Buzz Concept was a totally electric vehicle with a large, 111-kWh battery pack powering two motors mounted at each end of the van. This setup was approximated to produce a reputable 369 horse power and use a driving variety of 270 miles on one charge. Modern EV buyers need to discover that appropriate, but for prevalent appeal, Volkswagen would be a good idea to include a range-extending generator.
Like the BMW i3 and i8, the onboard range extender is a little gasoline engine different from the driveline that comes online to recharge the battery pack. It would give the Bus a much higher range, well beyond the 270 miles of all-electric driving. And with an abundant source of gasoline available, trip are entirely possible. A little three-cylinder engine installed under the rear freight area would supply all the power had to charge the batteries.
2020 Volkswagen Van Prices
It’s difficult to state exactly what Volkswagen would charge for such a vehicle. The Bus could not be marketed as a luxury or performance vehicle, so a budget-friendly cost would be needed. Its value does increase thanks to its electrical drivetrain and range-extender, however. If Volkswagen started pricing at $35,000 for a variation without the range-extender, the Bus might do rather well, specifically given its historic heritage. Range-extending models would command a premium, perhaps going for $40,000 as a beginning rate.