Perhaps an icon of the 1960s, or maybe just a vehicle that brings back memories from past generations, the VW Bus is one of those vehicles that just doesn’t seem to want to go away. In fact, the vehicle has become somewhat of a collector’s car among enthusiasts, not for performance or comfort, but rather for the unique body style that represents a period of time that many people loved.
Now Volkswagen plans to re-release their famous bus in electric form. It was the 2001 Detroit auto show, where VW first introduced a concept of what they called the “Microbus”. However, 14 years later and still no modern-day Microbus has been released by the automaker.
According to Autocar Magazine, however, that is about to change this coming January, at CES 2016. At the show in Las Vegas, VW is set to reveal the new vehicle, prior to Chairman of the Board of Directors, Martin Winterkorn, making an official announcement.
The new VW Microbus will remind those of past generations of its predecessor, the original VW Bus, Transporter, Camper, or whatever else you prefer to call it. However, this version will feature a new electric drive system as well as other modern day connectivity technologies. The Microbus will include a zero local emission driveline which utilizes Volkswagen’s most up-to-date lithium-ion batteries, and can provide for up to 310 miles of travel per charge.
For those individuals not too keen on driving electric vehicles, the Microbus will also come in a more traditional and familiar turbocharged four-cylinder version as well. It will be manufactured at the companies Puebla, Mexico plant, along with the VW Beetle.
Certainly this new version of the VW Bus will be marketed mostly in the United States where the original vehicle has become so much of an icon. Younger generations are expected to be attracted to this newer version, as well as some of the older generations who wish to turn back the clock a few decades. While this is a modernized version of the famed vehicle, it was important for the car manufacturer to keep many of the aspects as close to, or the same as, the original. This included the boxy design as well as the “wide, solid D-Pillar,” and the short overhang of the van’s front end.