Volkswagen is about to resurrect the traditional Meyers Manx seaside buggy as a modern-day electrical automobile that includes key parts of its new MEB (modular electrical structure) platform in addition to the electrical driveline destined to energy subsequent 12 months’s I.D. hatchback.
The brand new two-seater, presently beneath development at Volkswagen’s Braunschweig-based R&D centre in Germany, is described as a modern-day interpretation of the unique rear-engined Beetle-based Meyers Manx buggy with an open high design that includes a low set physique, free-standing windscreen, sturdy roll over bar and enormous wheels.
Whereas shrouded in secrecy, the brand new electrical powered buggy is alleged to be beneath “energetic consideration” as a attainable addition to Volkswagen’s upcoming line-up of zero-emission I.D. fashions – the primary of which, a manufacturing model of the sooner I.D. hatch idea, is deliberate to be unveiled through the third-quarter of 2019.
A Volkswagen supply has revealed to Autocar that the brand new seaside buggy is amongst three retro-themed I.D. fashions masterminded by Volkswagen chairman, Herbert Diess. It's deliberate to enrich the Microbus-inspired Buzz van and a secret new five-door hatchback mannequin described as a recreation of the Beetle.
Present plans name the brand new Volkswagen buggy to be unveiled on the 2019 Geneva motor present.
The unique Meyers Manx seaside buggy was designed for desert racing by Californian Bruce Meyers. It was produced between 1964 and 1971 within the type of a package automobile based mostly across the shortened chassis of the Volkswagen Beetle.
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