Volkswagen R&D Head Frank Welsch had earlier confirmed that the current 2011 Beetle will be the model’s last generation, once its production ends, next year. This is the second generation of the iconic car’s revival as a front-wheel drive in 1997.
Now, Volkswagen chiefs are considering a revolutionary new VW Beetle. If green-lit, the new car will adopt a battery-powered electric powertrain. The new bug also aims to move away from its trademark two-door body style to a four-door set-up. It may even use the rear-wheel drive seen in the original ‘Type 1’ 1945 Beetle. This model would be based on the MEB architecture – VW’s flexible electric vehicle architecture which is to underpin the carmaker’s upcoming range of electric models under its new ID badge. The first of these to arrive will be the ID hatchback, next year.
VW boss Herbert Diess is keen to introduce a greater number of “emotional” cars to the Volkswagen range, alongside its more standard contemporary models. The Beetle – is the firm’s most storied nameplate – is considered a strong contender to take on this role.
The first of these “emotional” models will be the ID Buzz microbus, which is inspired by the classic VW camper van. Volkswagen will launch its more mainstream electric vehicles before the microbus’ scheduled arrival in 2022. In addition to the ID hatchback, it will launch production versions of the ID Crozz SUV and ID Vizzion sedan – both previously seen as concepts. A larger electric SUV is also due.
Source : Teambhp