VW has unveiled the Bulli Concept on the eve of the Geneva auto show.
The Bulli is a Microbus iteration that seats six in a 3+3 configuration. It measures 3.99 m in length, 1.75 m in width and 1.70 m in height. Wheelbase is a just little longer (4 cm) than on the Golf at 2.62 m but the Bulli needs a wider track for those 3-seater benches (1.50 m).
And it is an electric car, yes!
Power is supplied by a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery feeding an 85 kW electric motor (115 PS / 113 bhp) that also produces 260 Nm of torque (192 lb-ft). 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) clocks in at 11.5 seconds while top speed is electronically limited to 140 km/h (87 mph).
The two-tone exterior paint is an homage to the original Samba bus and the Bulli even has the distinctive 'V' on the front bonnet. The concept is also fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels and chrome hubcaps.
Inside the cabin you will see a removable iPad which serves as the multi-function touchscreen on the center console and handles matters such as navigation. No tachometer is needed and no gear shift is present either. There's a rotary switch on the dash to engage the forward and reverse gears.
The concept is also designed to be fitted with VW petrol and diesel engines, just in case the automaker wants to really take this concept to market.