Volkswagen's battery-electric Microbus concept to be unveiled next month at International CES, the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, will preview a production version due in 2017, according to British magazine Autocar.
VW has rolled out various Microbus concepts over the past 20 years. The latest was the electric Bulli concept at the 2011 Geneva auto show. Autocar says a production version of the CES vehicle will be built in Puebla, Mexico, starting in 2017 using battery technology from the Audi Q6 e-tron quattro and the Audi R8 e-tron. The EV will have a range of 250 to 310 miles on a full charge.
The Microbus is expected to feature familiar design cues from the original 1960s version with one departure: a slightly longer nose due to crash and pedestrian safety requirements.
The new Microbus will be shown as an EV, but the production version is expected to be offered with gasoline and diesel engines as well. The vehicle is also expected to be a platform for VW's latest connectivity and autonomous driving features -- hence its debut at CES.