One of world premieres in 2016 CES that people waiting for is a new concept car from Volkswagen (VW). Yeah, before the CES started the German automaker has released two teasers regarding to its newest concept car.
Named Budd-e Concept, it’s an MPV that reminds me of VW Bulli Concept that made its debut at 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Or you can call it as an updated of Bulli Concept. Overall, its dimension and the line design from front to the rear is almost the same with the predecessor. Up front, VW’s designers put a giant grille plus a big VW logo in the center. The headlights are small which is rounded by LED Daytime Running Lights. Meanwhile the front bumper features C-shaped LED fog lamps.
From side, we can see that Budd-e Concept comes with a sleek design. Interestingly, the concept car doesn’t have any door handle and it doesn’t need that anymore. Because when you want to get in the car, you just tap your hand to the B-pillar and then it will be opened automatically. At the rear, the MPV has LED taillights that flows up from tailgate to the rear spoiler. And at the rear bumper, VW adds C-shaped reverse lights.
Inside, VW has designed a simple interior for Budd-e. For the driver, there are 2-spoke steering wheel with retro look and featuring buttons on it for modern touch. The panel instrument is fully-digital. In the center it can show the driver a map or the speedometer. Meanwhile in the right side, the front passenger can access the internet.
Interestingly, the front passenger seat can be turned and then having a nice chat with the rear passengers. Speaking of rear passengers, VW has made a nice layout for the them.
VW Budd-e Concept is powered by a 101 kWh battery pack and mated to electric motors at the front and rear making the car as an AWD and its top speed is around 150 km/h. An important thing for an electric vehicle is the charging time. Budd-e can reach 80% in 15 minutes when it’s charged.
The concept car has other functions which means not only as an ordinary car, but also it can be a dedicated auxiliary power power unit for a house. Furthermore, it can be setup to communicate wireless with a smart home or a smart office.
Text: Andhika Pradityo