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New Volkswagen I.D. concept previews Kombi revival

Rumours of a 21st century Kombi van we brought you last week have come to fruition, with Volkswagen releasing teasers of another I.D electric concept, in the style of the iconic Microbus/Kombi of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Although it clearly borrows its two-tone paint theme from the original Type 1 Kombi, there is commonality with the I.D. concept hatch shown at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, in the headlight shape and the matrix of LEDs used. An illuminated VW badge sits prominently below the windscreen, which is another recognisable hallmark of the Kombi.

The paintjob is set to be a sunshine yellow with contrasting white. As an indication of what to expect from the powertrain, the I.D hatch rides on VW’s new MEB platform, with a 125kW electric motor allowing a range between 400 and 600km. The increased volume of this Microbus version may yield more battery space for a longer range.

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This is the fourth minivan concept from VW in as many years, and the first with production intent. It is also the first since the 2001 Microbus to hark back to its ancestors and provide a spiritual successor to a cultural icon.

More details will be revealed leading up to the Detroit motor show running from January 8-22, 2017.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.