VW Microbus concept to debut next month, production version rumored

Ever since VW unveiled the Microbus concept back in 2001, fans of the iconic Microbus have been waiting eagerly for VW to release a production version. It looked like it was getting even closer to a reality with the Bulli concept in 2011, but now it might finally be happening. VW is reportedly going to reveal a new Microbus concept next month at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.

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Ever since VW unveiled the Microbus concept back in 2001, fans of the iconic Microbus have been waiting eagerly for VW to release a production version. It looked like it was getting even closer to a reality with the Bulli concept in 2011, but now it might finally be happening. VW is reportedly going to reveal a new Microbus concept next month at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.

VW has released this teaser photo of the new concept, which may finally preview a production version. According to Autocar, an announcement about the production version will come shortly after the concept version debuts next month. If the reports are true, the production could arrive as early as 2017.

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The reason that the concept is debuting at CES and not the Detroit Auto Show, is because it will showcase a host of new technologies, like autonomous and connectivity systems. The concept will also debut a new electric powertrain. The electric powertrain is most likely part of VW’s new modular MEB electric platform. The MEB platform will have a much longer driving range than today’s e-Golf EV with a driving range between 185 and 310 miles.

Source: VW