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Volkswagen to Resurrect the Dune Buggy in All-Electric Concept Form

Roadster Pays Homage to Meyers Manx and Other Beetle Buggies

Volkswagen will bring a concept to the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show that pays homage to the legendary dune buggy culture of the 1960s and 1970s, but in this case, the off-roadster will be built on the company’s all-electric platform. Teased yesterday in illustrations, the actual concept will appear on the Geneva show stand from March 7-17.

The VW e-buggy will grace the show stand in Switzerland, underpinned by the Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB), the same architecture that will underpin future electric vehicles from Volkswagen. Among those is a possible spiritual successor to the Volkswagen Type 2 “Microbus,” the I.D. Buzz, as well as the forthcoming I.D. Crozz electric crossover.

Volkswagen says the dune buggy concept proves the MEB platform’s versatility. “Like the Beetle chassis of yesteryear, the MEB has the potential to facilitate the development of low-volume niche vehicles,” the company said in a press release.

As such, the fully electric buggy pays close homage to the ones based on the Beetle chassis in 1960s California. Key similarities include large all-terrain tires, no doors, and zero concessions to weather protection, as well as bodywork that looks to be molded from a single piece of composite material. A key Volkswagen I.D. concept signature is the illuminated VW logo on the hood, and as futuristic as the dune buggy looks, it also does a great job of capturing the fun of the Meyers Manx and countless imitators to which the concept hearkens back.

Volkswagen’s all-electric I.D. lineup of cars and crossovers is on its way within a couple years, and if the company can bring this compact, carefree off-roader to market, then we’d be inclined to say that our EV future looks very fun.

Source: Volkswagen