Volkswagen has hinted at bringing back the iconic Microbus for many years now, and the I.D. Buzz Concept is the latest preview of what might be heading our way.
Unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, the VW I.D. Buzz is actually the latest member of the brand’s new family of I.D. electric concepts and follows the debut of the I.D. hatchback that debuted a few months earlier. It is described as “a Microbus for the future.”
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The I.D. Buzz rides on a stretched version of the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform called “MEB-XL” and measures 194.6 inches long, 77.8 inches wide and 77.3 inches tall, providing it with enough room to accommodate up to eight passengers. It features two luggage compartments.
Not only does the I.D. Buzz look to the past for inspiration, but it’s also a reflection of the paradigm shift currently taking place in the auto industry. It is a full-electric vehicle powered by two electric motors that are energized by a 111-kWh battery pack, one propelling the front wheels and the other serving the rear.
The electric drivetrain produces a combined output of 369 horsepower, allowing the I.D. Buzz to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds and travel up to 270 miles on a full charge of electricity. It takes only 30 minutes to recharge the battery up to 80 percent when it’s depleted.
With fully autonomous vehicles almost reality, Volkswagen used the I.D. Buzz concept to showcase its new fully autonomous “I.D. Pilot” driving mode, which could hit the market sometime before 2025.
When I.D. Pilot is activated, the cabin is turned into a living room on wheels and the center console can be set up as a table when needed. This innovative touch allows the I.D. Buzz to not only seat up to eight individuals, but also to seat four with a table in the middle or two to free up about 260 cubic feet of cargo space.
In fact, the third row can be turned into a bed!
Volkswagen hasn’t announced when its so-called “Microbus for the future” will become a reality, but here are reports that it could arrive by 2022. Would a production I.D. Buzz Concept interest you?
Bentley EXP 100 GT Is An Ultra Luxury Electric Car For The Future
The British automaker celebrates its centianial with an excellent demonstration of extravagance.
Bentley turned 100 years old in 2019, and as part of it’s birthday celebration, unveiled a stunning electric car concept that looks to the future.
The EXP 100 GT concept is a vision of a Grand Tourer for 2035. It rides on an all-electric platform, provides a choice between fully autonomous operation and human-piloted driving, and features a flexible interior with three different seating configurations.
At 19-feet long and 7.8-feet wide, and with a curb weight of 4,188 pounds (1890 kg), the EXP 100 GT is a very large coupe with great visual presence. Designers blended proportions of Bentley’s historic grand tourers and futuristic elements to craft a GT car “for the world of 2035.” You will definitely notice the massive illuminated grille (it’s comprised of 6,000 LEDs) and round, beveled headlights.
The interior is flush with sustainable yet luxurious materials such as 5,000-year-old copper-infused riverwood, British farmed wool carpets, and embroidered cotton surfaces.
Power for the EXP 100 GT comes from four electric motors that can easily accelerate its large heft from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in less than 2.5 seconds on route to a top speed of 186 mph (299 km/h). The battery pack delivers an estimated driving range of 435 miles (700 km) and can be recharged up to 80 percent capacity in only 15 minutes.
Since the EXP 100 GT is a vision of the future, autonomous driving technology is a centerpiece of it’s design. Drivers will have five self driving modes to choose from: Enhance, Cocoon, Capture, Re-Live and Customize.
“The Bentley EXP 100 GT represents the kind of cars we want to make in the future,” stated Stefan Sielaff, Director of Design. “Like those iconic Bentleys of the past, this car connects with its passengers’ emotions and helps them experience and safeguard the memories of the really extraordinary journeys they take.”
Do you like how it turned out?
Here’s A BMW X7 Pickup Truck You Can’t Have
It’s not April 1, so no jokes here. This car is very real, but you can’t buy one.
BMW has transformed its biggest SUV into a pickup truck, and it’s pretty cool.
Developed by BMW Group vocational trainees in cooperation with the Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology divisions at BMW’s Munich plant, the BMW X7 Pickup is a one-off concept that can carry five passengers and an F 850 GS motorcycle. The roof panel, rear door skins, and tailgate are made from carbon fiber to minimize weight, trimming 440 pounds off the X7 SUV’s weight despite being a four inches longer.
The truck bed is finished in fine-polished wood finish, while a height-adjustable two-level air suspension makes it easier to get things into it.
There are no mechanical changes. Power is provided by a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that has been turbocharged to produce 340 horsepower, with an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the four wheels. BMW didn’t publish towing capacity, or revealed the effect the pickup conversion has on performance.
The BMW X7 truck concept looks production-ready and could be an interesting addition to the BMW lineup, but the German automaker stresses it has no plans to build it. What a shame.
BMW Vision M Concept Is A Stunning And Futuristic M1
Does this concept preview a more-powerful i8 successor or even a supercar wearing the M1 badge?
BMW has unveiled the BMW Vision M Next concept, a design study that could do the iconic M1 some serious justice, though it also looks like a next-generation i8. Like modern concept cars, it is an electrified vehicle with autonomous tech.
More specifically, the Vision M Next concept is powered by a rear-mounted turbocharged four-cylinder engine and two electric motors — one on each axle — that generate a combined output of 600 horsepower, enough power for a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration time of 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph (299 km/h).
The electric drivetrain is also capable enough to let the Vision M Next travel up to 62 miles (100 km) without the gas engine.
In keeping up with the Jones, the BMW Vision M Next concept features autonomous driving capability for when you have places to go but just don’t feel like driving all that much. It can also park itself after reaching your destination.
Depending on who you ask, the futuristic exterior looks like a sci-fi M1 (it gives of strong TRON vibes) or a more angular i8 with unique color blocking at both ends. The front and rear portions are finished in a matte neon Thrilling Orange paint job that pop against the rest of the exterior’s silk-matte Cast Silver metallic paintwork, while the front rims have a traditional silver-and-black two-tone finish and the rear sets boast Thrilling Orange inserts that match the body.
The interior is just as radical as the exterior and is accessed via gullwing doors that can be opened and closed with a mere glance thanks to a facial recognition system. The cockpit features a sleek digital dashboard, a curved glass center display, and an augmented reality head-up display.
BMW says the Vision M Next “provides a glimpse into the future of sporty driving” but didn’t announce any production plans. Would you like to see it go from concept to reality? Let us know in the comments below.