Advertisement

The Next Volkswagen Beetle Could Go Electric And Rear-Wheel Drive Again 

The Next Volkswagen Beetle Could Go Electric And Rear-Wheel Drive Again 
From Gizmodo - November 12, 2017

The case could be made that the original Volkswagen Beetle is the most iconic car ever made. Its modern versions, well... not so much. But as part of its big diesel emissions cheating penance, Volkswagen is making a massive push into electric cars. And that could return the Beetle to its roots in an unexpected way.

The next Beetle in the works should be not only an electric car, but also one thats rear-wheel drive and has its engine in the back like the original air-cooled Beetles. This news comes to us from Autocar, which spoke to VW chairman Herbert Diess:

Diess denies that a firm decision on the Beetles successor has been made. However, he suggests that any direct successor model would be electric. If we wanted to do a Beetle, electrically it would be much better than todays model, much closer to history, because it could be rear-wheel drive, he adds.

Diess says the MEB platform provides the perfect basis for emotional concepts: We have a good chance on the electric side. You can do derivatives efficiently. We have a very flexible platform. We can do nice things: rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive.

[...] The rear-mounted electric motor and rear-wheel-drive layout of the ID hatchback mirrors that of the original Beetle in 1939, which used a rear-mounted boxer engine and was rear-wheel drive.

Advertisement

Continue reading at Gizmodo »