This all-electric buggy draws inspiration from the 1960s classic models.
The dune buggy is back! Well, sort of. This is the ID. Buggy Concept, and it just made its North American debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. It’s a modern take on the retro dune buggies of the 60s, complete with no doors and no roof. Unlike the old buggies, however, this is built on Volkswagen’s brand new electric car platform.
The MEB platform — or modular electric drive matrix — will underpin VW’s future electric models. The ID. Buggy in particular has a 62 kWh batter pack mounted into the floor. That pack powers a 201 horsepower, rear-mounted electric motor for a range of up to 155 miles on the European WLTP cycle.
Since it’s electric, it can take on a whole different look to the gasoline-powered interpretations we’d otherwise see. There’s no grille, and no usual drivetrain to get caught up on obstacles. To further cement the ID. Buggy concept as an all-terrain toy, the concept has 18-inch wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires. The tires are staggered, at 255 millimeters wide in the front, and 285 millimeters wide in the rear. An aluminum underbody guard protects the front axle from takin any major damage.
The Volkswagen ID. Buggy Concept has 9.4 inches of ground clearance, as well as short front and rear overhangs. Inside, you get some playful touches that set the adorable-looking buggy apart from other traditional side-by-sides or off-road SUVs.
This is just a concept for now, with no announced plans to put it into production. However, Andre managed to get a quick take in the ID. Buggy concept. Check that out above and come back to TFLcar.com for more updates from the 2019 New York Auto Show!