Next month Volkswagen will reveal another concept vehicle based on the company’s Modular Electric Drive (MEB) architecture. Today VW released a few teaser sketches of this concept, which appears to look a lot like (another) Microbus-type concept vehicle.
This won’t be the first time VW has shown a concept based on the MEB architecture. The first was the ID Concept, shown earlier this year. VW says the ID will ultimately make it to production in 2020 as the company’s first solely electric vehicle, with a fully-autonomous version arriving in 2025. It is all part of VW’s grand EV plans, which are partially due to its recent diesel scandal.
Putting the pieces and rumors together, it is expected that VW will eventually rollout a reincarnated Microbus on the MEB platform. This vehicle will be on an extended version of the MEB platform and likely offer two electric motors to engage an all-wheel-drive version of it.
As we can see from the sketches, the Detroit concept appears to be the likely preview of a new Microbus. It has the iconic two-tone paint on the nose and the greenhouse reeks of Microbus of the past. However, we’ve all seen several Microbus concepts from VW over the years and we’ve yet to ever see one make it to production. Perhaps this time VW will stop the teasing and get on with a production variant.