Volkswagen revealed today the Buggy Up! or, if you want... a modern interpretation of the legendary 1960s Buggy based on the Beetle. According to Volkswagen the new concept represents the 21st century buggy concept based on the new up! and it is not made of GRP just like the old Buggy. Vw says that the new Buggy Up! uses strong, high-tech, lightweight construction steels.
Regarding the design, the first visual impact with the vehicle comes in a hot orange colour, while the side sills are finished in a matt and rugged metallic grey colour.
The most interesting features seen on the car are the open side sills, which make the driving experience of open-air driving even more exciting than in a conventional convertible. Regarding the dimensions, the Buggy Up! measures 3,584 mm in length, has a height of 1,288 mm and has a width of 1,672 mm.
Filling the wheel housings are 18-inch alloy wheels – enormous for a vehicle of this size – which have 205/40 tyres. As expected, the interior of the car is completely waterproof and the vehicle features drains in the floor and open side sills in order to prevent flooding.
The controls for the infotainment system also sport a waterproof design. Among its features, the system has an iPod/iPhone dock. The entire module can be removed – including the integrated active loudspeakers – so that it can be used as a sound system for parties on the beach.
The area above the bumper and the side sills are finished with a hot orange color that we see only on the VW Buggy up! Concept, a throwback to the same color used in 1960s-era buggies. The side sills and the bumpers itself are in matte metallic grey. This grey and orange combination is also seen inside of the car.
The VW Buggy up! Concept is a beach vehicle so you should expect that the interiors are entirely waterproof. The vehicle floor has drains and you also have the open side sills to ensure that water will not stay inside. The shell seats are coated with neoprene and also features water drains so that you could sit inside after a great swim. If it rains for an extended prior of time, you can open the sail over the car from the roll bar to the window frames.
The infotainment system also features waterproof controls. The system has an iPhone and iPod dock and built-in loudspeakers. It is completely removable so that you take it to the beach and enjoy the music and have a party!
Because of the shorter car height, the Buggy up! has lower seats than the two-door version. The concept car's seats are 58 millimeters lower than the production car seats. To make sure that everything is ergonomic for the driver, the carmaker's engineers also adjusted the angle of the steering wheel, making it 21 degrees. Driving a Buggy up! would feel like driving a go kart. You also have a sturdy handle that is located on the dashboard in front of the passenger side, helping your passengers steady themselves should you encounter bumps.
The concept car is pure emotion, but is very safe and fun to drive. It is perfect for driving in California and represents a new addition to the steadily growing New Small Family line.