Volkswagen developing electric powered ID beach buggy
EV revival of classic VW beach buggy is “under active consideration”, would sit on MEB modular platform
Volkswagen is set to resurrect the classic Meyers Manx beach buggy as a modern-day electric car featuring key elements of its new MEB (modular electric architecture) platform as well as the electric driveline destined to power next year’s I.D. hatchback.
The new two-seater, currently under construction at Volkswagen’s Braunschweig-based R&D centre in Germany, is described as a modern day interpretation of the original rear-engined Beetle-based Meyers Manx buggy with an open top design featuring a low set body, free-standing windscreen, sturdy roll over bar and large wheels.
While shrouded in secrecy, the new electric powered buggy is said to be under “active consideration” as a possible addition to Volkswagen’s upcoming line-up of zero-emission I.D. models – the first of which, a production version of the earlier I.D. hatch concept, is planned to be unveiled during the third-quarter of 2019.
A Volkswagen source has revealed to Autocar that the new beach buggy is among three retro-themed I.D. models masterminded by Volkswagen chairman, Herbert Diess. It is planned to complement the Microbus-inspired Buzz van and a secret new five-door hatchback model described as a recreation of the Beetle.
Current plans call the new Volkswagen buggy to be unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show.
The original Meyers Manx beach buggy was designed for desert racing by Californian Bruce Meyers. It was produced between 1964 and 1971 in the form of a kit car based around the shortened chassis of the Volkswagen Beetle.
Source: Autocar Online