Volkswagen has announced it will be unveiling its new ID.3 electric vehicle (EV) to the public this coming spring. The second-generation ID.3 is set to be the latest chapter in the ID. family success story. From the artist’s sketches it looks more aggressive and sporty than the original and we are fans already.
To date, more than half a million ID. models, including the ID.4, ID.5 and ID. Buzz, built on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB), have been delivered to customers around the world.
Currently, the ID.3 is produced at the Zwickau and Dresden plants in Germany. However, the production network will be expanded next year to include the main Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg. This is to meet high levels of customer demand for the fully electric compact car.
Imelda Labbé, Volkswagen Board Member for Sales, Marketing and After Sales, said: “The new ID.3 demonstrates our commitment to quality, design and sustainability. The design has matured, and we’ve upgraded the materials used in the interior.”
In coming up with the revamped version, the development team took on board a range of suggestions from customers to improve the product and enhance the standard equipment package.
Labbé added: “The needs of our customers are always front and centre for us. That’s why we listen carefully and focus on gearing our product portfolio to their requirements.”
The new ID.3 is equipped with the latest software generation which improves system performance and can receive over-the-air updates. In addition, the standard equipment package has had an upgrade. This now includes a 12-inch display screen, a removable luggage compartment floor and a centre console with two cup holders.
Functions such as ‘Plug & Charge’ and the intelligent Electric Vehicle Route Planner will make the charging experience in the new ID.3 even more straightforward and convenient.
Volkswagen is using the latest generation of fully integrated assist systems in the ID.3. Stand-out examples of this are the optionally available Travel Assist with Swarm Data and the Park Assist Plus with Memory Function.
Kai Grünitz, Member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management responsible for Development, said: “Part of our mission at Volkswagen is to offer state-of-the-art technologies and innovations across all models, including compact vehicles, and the ID.3 exemplifies this.
“For example when it comes to new convenience and assist systems, we are taking the next step forward on the way to highly automated driving with the use of swarm data in the latest Travel Assist.”
German customers can order the pre-configured Life, Business, Style, Max and Tour models from December 1. The starting price of the ID.3 Life is €43,995 with deliveries expected in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Back in October, VW announced that since the first ID.3 models were handed over to customers in October 2020, the company has delivered 500,000 electric vehicles from the ID. family worldwide. This is despite the persistently strained supply situation.