A new report from Autocar UK says that Volkswagen is planning to unveil a near-production VW Microbus concept at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next January.
The Microbus concept was unveiled first at the 2001 North American International Auto Show. It raised hopes for the iconic VW Camper’s revival but stayed as a concept. At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the VW Bulli concept was unveiled as a further development, which also didn’t see light of the day.
According to the British report, the updated concept to be unveiled next year will be battery-powered featuring lithium-ion battery technology from the Audi R8 e-tron and the 2015 IAA-bound Audi e-tron quattro concept.
The Volkswagen Group’s latest lithium-ion battery technology will be good for endowing the car with a 400-500 km (250-310 miles) range, suggests the report. Turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will also be offered which will be smaller than the ones offered on the current Multivan.
The VW Camper revival is a part of the company’s broader commercial vehicle strategy of significantly boosting VW sales in the U.S. market, as per the report. A range of Ford Ranger-rivaling pickup trucks are reportedly also under consideration.