The production version will be built in Mexico starting in 2018
Volkswagen has released the first teaser image of the all-electric VW Bulli concept that will be unveiled at the 2016 CES in January. The company says that the new EV concept's world premiere marks the "beginning of new era of affordable long-distance electromobility." Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, will be delivering a keynote at the major international show and unveil the new VW E-Bulli concept (name unconfirmed).
The teaser image revealed by the company hints at a very distinctive and aggressive front-end, unlike any current production VW model. There's a wide V-shaped grille featuring horizontal slats which seem to be illuminated by LED lights. There's a big Volkswagen logo on the centre of the grille, also illuminated for a typical concept-like drama. Small but powerful headlamps and C-shaped daytime running lights round-up the details of the face visible in the teaser image.
The concept is planned to evolve into a production version and will be close to it in design. According to a report from Autocar, the production version will be built at the company's Puebla plant in Mexico starting in 2017. New technologies will obviously be showcased with the concept, but what will be a major breakthrough, is the new all-electric VW Bulli concept's newly developed electric drive system.
The pure electric VW Bulli or VW Microbus as they call it, would have a standard variant as well, powered by conventional four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.