According to reports, Volkswagen is actively considering plans to upgrade the Beetle with an all-electric, rear-wheel drive motor based on the new MEB (Modular Electrification Toolkit) platform. At the Detroit Motor Show, the German car-makers announced that they plan to introduce coupe-styled electric SUVs in 2020 boasting the 500 km range. VW has already initiated the process with the showcase of I.D. Crozz concept car, which the company plans to introduce in the market by 2022. The new VW Beetle Electric will also be based on the same platform as the I.D. Crozz concept.
Herbert Diess, Chairman, Volkswagen revealed that the new electric models will include the Microbus, Beetle, Kubelwagen and Buggy. He, however, also said that the company does not have a concrete plan on Beetle's successor, but did suggest that it to be an electric motor with RWD. The electric Beetle will incorporate many design ideas from the I.D. Crozz concept car. But unlike concept, the electric Beetle will come with RWD functionality. It will have a single electric motor churning out power of 169 bhp from the rear axle. For its successor, VW has gone back to the original Beetle, which had a rear-mounted engine with RWD.
During the Frankfurt Motor Show, the brand had a number of electric vehicles on display at the pavilion. These electric cars will be made in Volkswagen's home factory of Wolfsburg in Germany, with a launches scheduled for by 2025. It also outlined a plan to have every single model electrified by 2030 and offer an electric variant to every car they sold in every market across the world. For this, VW will invest €20 billion for e-mobility which will be used for vehicle development, charging infrastructure and battery technology.
The future generation of the I.D. family will extend the Volkswagen model range. In 2020, Volkswagen will launch the compact, all-electric, four-door I.D. in the Golf segment, while launching the modern I.D. Crozz in the SUV segment. In addition, the I.D. Buzz will enter the market in 2022. All three I.D. concept cars share the new 'all-electric architecture' that was developed as a common platform and a completely new and avant-garde design.
Source: Autocar UK