Volkswagen Microbus camper's return to be officially confirmed
The Bulli concept is usually said to provide clues as to the look of the fresh Camper
Volkswagen officials confirm classic Camper van will return, with an all-electric derivative
Volkswagen is usually planning to reveal an updated edition of its Microbus camper van concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next January prior to an official announcement by its chairman, Martin Winterkorn, confirming the iconic van’s return to the German car maker’s line-up.
Described as a close preview to a planned production edition of the Microbus to be produced at Volkswagen’s Puebla factory in Mexico by 2017, the updated concept is usually set to showcase a newly developed electric drive system among different contemporary connectivity technologies.
The zero local emission driveline, which relies on the Volkswagen Group’s latest lithium-ion battery technology as used by the Audi R8 E-Tron as well as upcoming Audi E-Tron Quattro concept, is usually claimed to provide a range of between 400 as well as 500km depending on the driving conditions. the idea is usually planned to be offered alongside more conventional turbocharged four-cylinder petrol as well as diesel powerplants on the production Microbus, which senior Wolfsburg sources describe as being smaller than the latest Multivan.
Volkswagen’s plans to resurrect the Microbus form part of a broader commercial vehicle strategy aimed at significantly bolstering its sales performance inside the US market. different proposed fresh designs under consideration include a range of pick up trucks boasting varying cabin combinations as a rival to the likes of the Ford Ranger.
Speaking at the fresh York show last year, VW development chief Hans-Jakob Neusser revealed which VW engineers as well as designers were working on a fresh Camper van concept using a tiny electric motor driving the front wheels as well as battery packs stored under the floor.
Neusser told Autocar which the design of the original VW van was “so iconic” which any attempt at a fresh style would certainly have to have three “very important” design cues: “First the wide, solid, D-Pillar, second the boxy design of the centre section as well as, thirdly, the front end must have a very short overhang. The distance by the A-pillar to the front end must be very short.”
The key to achieving the unique front-end design is usually the fact which an electric motor would certainly allow a much lower “bonnet line” than a conventional petrol engine. This kind of, in turn, would certainly allow the A-pillars to be placed much further forward than in a conventional MPV.
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