Frankfurt Motor Show: Volkswagen ID.3 kickstarts new era for brand

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Volkswagen have premiered the ID.3 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with this all-new electric vehicle marketed as the symbol of a new era for the brand.

The first model of a completely new generation of pure electric vehicles, the ID.3 reflects the realignment of the Volkswagen brand and is the first model to wear the new Volkswagen logo.

Volkswagen ID.3

At series production launch, the ID.3 will be available with three battery size options. The basic variant will be priced under €30,000 and has a usable energy content of 45 kWh which enables a range of up to 205 miles.

Alongside this is a battery variant with 58 kW, which enables the ID.3 to achieve a range of up to 260 miles, with the largest 77 kWh battery model offers a range up to 341 miles.

Thanks to its fast charging capability, it is possible to charge the ID.3 for a range of around 180 miles within 30 minutes, using a 100 kW fast charger.

Volkswagen ID.3 OTR

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The ID.3 is the first look at Volkswagen’s newly developed design DNA. Designed for an electrifying future, it brings a new level of design quality to the compact vehicle category.

“With the ID.3, Volkswagen is heading towards the future,” explains Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design of the Volkswagen brand, going on to emphasise: “The natural style and absolutely intuitive driver experience demonstrate a new, electric way of thinking.”

The interior is also revolutionary. The long wheelbase of the MEB layout, combined with very short overhangs, results in an expansive vehicle interior. With the room and spaciousness this creates, the five-seater ID.3 sets new standards in the compact class.

Volkswagen ID.3 interior

Set to rival the Tesla Model 3, it’s a pivotal new model for the brand, with VW saying that following the Beetle and Golf, it marks the “third major strategic chapter” in the brand’s history

Volkswagen started pre-booking for ID.3 1st – the limited launch edition – in May of this year, with this model offering the mid-range 58 kWh battery. It generates 150 kW and delivers a maximum torque of 310 Nm and a maximum speed of 99mph.

The ID.3 1st is offered in three fixed configurations that are geared towards typical customer preferences.  The basic version includes a navigation system, a DAB+ digital radio, heated seats and steering wheel, armrests at the front, a Mode 2 charging cable and 18-inch light-alloy wheels.

Volkswagen ID.3 rear

The ID.3 1st Plus additionally features a rear view camera system, ACC Adaptive Cruise Control and keyless access. The vehicle interior of the ID.3 1st Plus also includes design seats, a centre console with two USB-C connections and ambient lighting. Forming part of the exterior equipment are tinted windows, matrix LED headlights, matrix side lights, brake lights, turn indicators and tail light clusters as well as 19-inch light-alloy wheels.

The top-of-the-range version, the ID.3 1st Max, also includes an augmented reality (AR) head-up display, the Beats sound system, a large panorama sliding/tilting glass roof as well as 20-inch light-alloy wheels. This equipment scope is supplemented by a lane keeping system with Emergency Assist, a lane change system, wireless phone charging and comfort seats.

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