The Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept is actually a preview of the electric version of the Vw Beetle that is about to come and we must admit that things are looking quite interesting. Of course, Volkswagen made the E-Bugster Concept more interesting by adding some new design features such as new LEDs integrated in the front bumper, a new set of five-spoke-wheels, a new rear bumper as well as an interesting hard top.
Moreover, the new concept also previews the convertible version of the Volkswagen Beetle that will probably make its debut later this year at the 2012 New York Auto Show.
The Vw E-Bugster Concept comes with an electric motor delivering 114 hp (85 kW) and 199 lb. ft. of torque and 695-pound lithium-ion battery fitted under the rear seats and trunk floor. According to the German manufacturer, the E-Bugster has a 100-mile driving range. The car can be quick charged in just 30 minutes to 80%, while the full charging takes few hours.
Inside, the car remains almost the same as the standard version of the Beetle, but Volkswagen added an energy consumption display in order to show the level of charging of the battery. More details to be revealed tomorrow when the car will be officially unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
Measuring 1,838 millimeters wide and 4,278 millimeters long, the E-Bugster is just as long but is 30 millimeters wider than the standard Beetle. The new roof is lower by 90 millimeters, bringing the height down to 1,400 millimeters. All of these make the Volkswagen E-Bugster look sportier and dynamic. The windshield is swept back and low, helping the drive see more. The rear screen is also very wide and practical.
Also, the rear and front bumpers have been redesigned compared to the production Beetles. You have LED daytime running lights up front, placed at the outer parts of the central air intake, each one taking on a C shape.
This is very similar to the lights you see on other Volkswagen electric concept vehicles. This design uses mirrors for the rear, where reflectors replace the LED lights. You also have flared wheel arches that house the 20-inch wheels that are made of alloy and that look like the 'Twister' alloys that you see on production Volkswagen cars. 235/35 tyres are used.
You could also find a chrome strip wrapping around the side windows’ bottom edge. This strip goes through from A-pillar to A-pillar. Meanwhile, you have a two seat interior that gives the E-Bugster its sporty and high-tech identity. These sports seats flank the continuous center console. You will also appreciate the aluminium door handles.
Push the Start button and the insides of the Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept become filled with a white light that turns blue. On the instrument panel, you will see a light pulse that goes from the instrument clusters to the doors and the air nozzles.