Volkswagen Teases the 2017 Detroit Concept: Expect it to Combine a Classic VW Microbus and a Future AWD Electric Car

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2017 VW EV Concept (Microbus?)

Volkswagen teased images of the upcoming 2017 EV Concept that the company will officially unveil at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show (2017 North American International Auto Show) on January 8.

VW calls it the next member of the future I.D. family of vehicles. Take a look at the teaser images. It surely looks like VW is taking the classic Microbus design and taking it into the future with an all-electric all-wheel drive power.

Volkswagen calls the interior of this yet unnamed concept multi-functional and flexible. The company says that this revolutionary vehicle will have two electric motors, one in the front and one in the back for true all-wheel-drive capability. This concept will be able to support autonomous driving.

VW says:

Press lightly on the Volkswagen logo, and the electrically retractable steering wheel disappears into the dashboard. While the driver relaxes, laser scanners, ultrasonic and radar sensors and cameras monitor other road users and the surroundings.

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VW did not release any other specifications, but said that the vehicle will have “long electric driving range.” Considering that the 2017 Chevy Bolt is rated at 238 miles of EV range, the next I.D. vehicle from Volkswagen needs to push beyond 250 miles of range to compete.

Stay tuned for more details on this concept. TFLcar will be in Detroit for the press days and we will bring you this and all of the other new cars and trucks from the show.

Check out the VW BUDD-e concept from earlier this year.

And here is the VW Bulli concept from more than five years ago.