Using the new 2012 Beetle as a starting point, the E-Bugster draws some inspiration from the earlier Ragster concept, adding a chopped roofline, a large rear spoiler and new bumpers at both ends.
The E-Bugster's biggest drawcard lies beneath its concept styling however. Hinted at in its name, the E-Bugster utilises an all-electric powertrain.
Power is provided by an electric motor that produces 85kW and 270Nm of torque, drawing energy from a 315kg lithium-ion battery pack mounted in the rear.
Driving range from one charge is listed at around 160km, and an 80 percent recharge can be accomplished in less than 30 minutes.
Volkswagen will also reveal its all-new Jetta Hybrid at the Detroit Auto Show and, unlike the E-Bugster, this one is confirmed for a production debut in the coming year.
Power for the Jetta Hybrid will be delivered by a petrol-electric drivetrain, pairing a 112kW/249Nm 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol engine with a 27kW electric motor.
The hybrid system is mated to a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. The DSG can be decoupled to allow the vehicle to run in electric-only mode for around two kilometres at speeds of up to 70km/h.
Watch for both cars to get an official unveiling in coming hours.