Volkswagen is bringing back the dune buggy

01 February, 2019, 15:30 | Author: Billie Castillo
  • Dune buggy concept teaser

VW hasn't confirmed any production plans, but says the e-buggy is an example of the flexibility of the chassis and its use for low-volume vehicles, similar to how the original Beetle was customized by folks like Bruce Meyers. We're not sure aftermarket body-swapping will become a new fad for electric vehicles, but from a practicality standpoint, it's easy to see how an automaker could easily adapt the platform to accommodate everything from sports cars to SUVs.

The more serious side, however, is that, replicating the adaptability of the Beetle chassis that underpinned nearly every buggy from its heyday (the Meyers Manx being the best-known), the new dune buggy is a showcase for the flexibility of Volkswagen's MEB EV skateboard platform.

Now unnamed but more-than-likely called the I.D. Buggy, or something, it's an all-electric concept that'll utilise the firms modular electric (MEB) construction. In addition, Volkswagen has made noises about bringing back the Beetle itself as an electric auto - this will be easy enough to do given the fact that small hatchbacks are already in the pipeline.

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"A buggy is more than a auto". While it holds true to the conventional buggy style, it also demonstrates how a "modern, non-retro interpretation of a classic can look" as VW Head Designer Klaus Bischoff stated. The fully electric concept buggy will be shown for the first time on 5 March at the Geneva stage. It's still way too early to know whether the reborn dune buggy will make production, but VW did specifically hint that MEB "has the potential to facilitate the development of low-volume niche vehicles". That said, expect full details to be revealed once the electric buggy makes it debut at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show next March.

Along with two other retro-styled models, the ID Buzz microbus and a rumored electric reincarnation of the original Beetle-only with four doors-the dune buggy concept is created to bring attention to VW's new lineup of electric cars.

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