VW Might Be Making an Electric Kubelwagen
Is Volkswagen bringing back The Thing?
Wait, what’s a Kubelwagen? We know that’s probably what you’re thinking. Even The Thing is a bit Is Volkswagen bringing back The Thing?unknown, as the model didn’t reach a wide audience before meeting its early discontinuation. Chances are if you you’ve seen this model at all, it’s only at automotive shows or enthusiast meets. Off-roading vehicles aren’t as popular as they could be for one obvious reason: efficiency. Automakers are just as concerned with making fuel-efficient vehicles as shoppers are in buying them because the EPA has put the pressure on. The Thing, a military-inspired vehicle, would compete against models like the Jeep Wrangler. Which has its own set of very loyal drivers. So is Volkswagen bringing it back?
If VW recreates The Thing, it will be an EV
Rumor has it, based on a hint from Herbert Diess, that the MEB platform could mean a revival of this rugged model. That naturally means it would be an electric vehicle. Considering EVs are known for high torque outputs, we don’t see this as a bad thing. Not only could we have the models we loved from the past, but they won’t break the bank every time you have to fill up? You can count us in.
Here’s what Diess had to say:
“MEB is flexible—rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive—and we have so many emotional concepts. I don’t know if you remember the Kübelwagen. This Thing is a nice car. Then there are all the buggies, the kit cars. We have the bus. We have the various derivatives of the bus. We have so many exciting concepts in our history that we don’t have to do a Beetle.”
Will the Kübelwagen comeback as a Beetle replacement, or does he simply mean that a new concept doesn’t have to be another Beetle? It’s clear that VW is looking to bring back vehicles that pull at our nostalgia, with an EV version of the Microbus already confirmed.
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