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We first saw the ID. Buzz as a concept vehicle at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show and we’ve been waiting patiently for the official production model ever since. And we’re here in Huntington Beach, California to get a First Look at the all-new Volkswagen ID. Buzz and to see what the Buzz is all about.

A two-row version of the Buzz has already been out since last year, but that model isn’t coming to the U.S. What we do get is this long wheelbase, three-row model. To put that size into context, you’re looking at dimensions that are close in size to the three-row Volkswagen Atlas.

The ID. Buzz is built on VW’s MEB platform which is also shared with the smaller ID.4 crossover and the upcoming ID.7 sedan. The all-electric ID family can be recognized by the illuminated light bar that spans across the grille and meets the also illuminated VW badge.

The exterior of the ID. Buzz is retro-inspired in the best way. I mean it really does look like a modern version of the classic VW microbus. There are plenty of bright and interesting color options, including a two-tone paint job. And while I have been comparing this to a microbus, the utility of the ID. Buzz is much more like that of a minivan.

That’s right: power sliding doors allow for easy access into the third row. The second row has available captain’s chairs for either 6- or 7-passenger seating. Both the second and third rows can be folded flat, and the third row is even removable. For a completely flat load floor, you’ll have to opt for the available Flexboard.

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Inside is very simple and modern, what we’ve come to expect in Volkswagen’s ID models. And the ID. Buzz has its own Easter Eggs and quirks like the fun Play and Pause pedals and the wood grain on the dash. Plus this center console is removable so you have even more space if you want it.

Across the dash are two screens: the 5.3-inch ID. Cockpit and a 12.9-inch central display. The infotainment system is the same as the upcoming ID.7, now with illuminated sliders and much easier access to the climate functions.

And the list of standard comfort features in the ID. Buzz is pretty impressive: heated and ventilated 12-way power front seats, heated 2nd row seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, and dedicated air vents for all three rows.

But there’s still some goodies that you can opt for like the panoramic glass sunroof, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, or a heated windshield.

And Volkswagen’s IQ.DRIVE driver assistance system will be standard.

Two powertrain options will be available at launch: a single rear-mounted motor version and a dual motor all-wheel drive model. Both will be powered by a 91-kWh battery.

The rear-wheel drive model sees 282-horsepower while the additional motor with all-wheel drive increases that to 330-horsepower. The Buzz also has a multi-link rear suspension and a top speed that has been electronically limited to 99 miles-per-hour.

We still don’t know the pricing details just yet but we’re expecting the ID. Buzz to start somewhere in the mid-$50’s when it arrives sometime in 2024. We’ll have more info on all things ID. Buzz coming soon so keep it locked, right here, on MotorWeek!