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Volkswagen Beetle Successor Would Be Electric, Possibly RWD

VW is now trying to decide if the next-generation Beetle should switch to a fully electric platform.

Rumors have us anxious that Volkswagen will discontinue the Beetle, but a new report gives us at least some hope for the future of the iconic model. According to Autocar, Volkswagen is considering an electric-powered successor to the current Beetle.

While nothing is yet to be set in stone for the next Beetle, Diess says that the electric MEB platform is extremely flexible, suiting the needs for any potential "emotional concepts" well. However, he suggests that any direct successor model would be electric.

We offer electric Beetle, which will be a sister model of a modern Microbus, was designed based on the concept of ID Buzz and presented at the auto show in Detroit this year, is one of a number of proposals, which plans to put Volkswagen in the near future.

While a decision still hasn't been made, Diess stated, "If we wanted to do a Beetle, electrically it would be much better than today's model, much closer to history, because it could be rear-wheel drive". You can do derivatives efficiently. It is equipped with one motor that develops 168 HP, which is mounted under the rear axle, providing drive to the rear wheels.

Volkswagen resurrected the Beetle in 1997 following positive reception of the retro Concept One show vehicle at the 1994 Detroit motor show.

While a new, electric Beetle isn't confirmed yet, there's reason to be optimistic for it. Diess was a major champion for the return of the Microbus, so clearly he's into the whole retro EV thing.



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