The is the first pure electric vehicle from a completely new generation of Volkswagen vehicles.
Here’s what you need to know about the all-new Volkswagen ID.3: The base car will feature a 45 kWh battery and provide up to 330 km of range according to the WLTP (roughly 295 EPA). The kicker is that VW says that this version of the ID.3 will retail for less than €30,000.
The Volkswagen ID.3 just broke cover at the 2019 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show and as though to prove that interest for this new compact and affordable EV will be through the roof, the media website seems to have crashed. This is perfectly understandable as the ID.3 reads as the perfect EV for the masses. As well, more than 30,000 reservations have been logged in for the ID.3.
Along with the basic iteration of the ID.3, VW will offer two other versions with larger battery packs. The next step up delivers a 58 kWh battery for a 420 km WLTP or EPA 375 km. Finally, the top-line ID.3 will features a considerable 77 kWh battery pack, capable of 550 km of WLTP range, or 491 km in EPA-speak.
The VW ID.3 will be fast-charging capable thanks to a 100 kW charging output. This will generate a WLTP range of 290 km (259 km EPA) with a 30-minute charge. Please note that the EPA ratings are not official, only calculated.
The Volkswagen ID.3 looks perfectly like a compact VW hatchback should. Clearly, it is unique and it is the first car from the German car brand to sport the new logo. The cabin is a departure from the typical ICE car. Gone is most of the switchgear, replaced by an all-encompassing high-mounted centre display, much like the Tesla Model 3. The difference is that VW wisely (in our opinion) includes a read-out display directly ahead of the driver.
As for interior space, the ID.3 is based on VW’s MEB platform that houses the battery pack in the floor, between the wheels. This creates a long wheelbase which means that interior volume is considerable.
A VW ID.3 1st, the ID.3’s launch edition, will feature a 58 kWh battery, a 150 kW and 310 NM electric motor on the rear axle. Three variations of the launch edition will be available: Base, Plus and Max. Pricing starts under €40,000.
As a reminder, the Volkswagen ID.3 is not destined for sale in North America. The first VW ID. Product for our market is expected to the ID. Crozz or 4X.