Volkswagen presented its all-new ID.3 hatchback a day before the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.
The model opens a new era in the history of the brand, as it represents a new generation of zero-emissions cars.
It is also the first vehicle on which the automaker tries its new logo and the first to be carbon-neutral on delivery to customers.
The Volkswagen ID.3 features a revolutionary interior based on the Open Space concept, full connectivity and sustainable mobility.
The ID.3 bears VW’s new MEB platform developed for electric-drive cars and the identifiable design DNA of as a zero emission vehicle.
Inside, a new 10-inch touchscreen put in the center provides the driver with all key information. The all-new lights are supportive for the driver (a LED strip during navigation, for example).
All controls (except for electric windows and hazard warning lights) are made via touch-sensitive buttons.
The Volkswagen ID.3 can also boat an adjustable multifunction steering wheel, intelligent natural voice control, App Connect.
The battery packs are integrated into the underbody to better driving dynamics and lower the center of gravity.
Three battery sizes (capacity options) are available: a base 45-kWh enabling 205 mi (330 km) of range (priced under €30,000), a 58-kWh (261 mi or 420 km) and a 77-kWh (342 mi or 550 km).
If charging from a 100-kW source within 30 min, you’ll get 180 mi (290 km) of driving range. All the figures are WLTP-rated, the average ratio WLTP/EPA is 1.121.
Customers in Europe have been able to reserve a limited Launch Edition for €1,000 from May 2019.
Today those who pre-booked the cars can already configure the ID.3 1st versions they prefer. The price is under €40,000.
Three configurations are available: basic (standard), ID.3 1st Plus, ID.3 1st Max.
The wheels are light-alloy 18-, 19- and 20-inch ones.
The standard version includes a navigation system, a DAB+ digital radio, seats and steering wheel heating, armrests at the front, a Mode 2 charging cable and 18-inch wheels.
The Volkswagen ID.3 1st utilizes a 58-kWh battery pack. It is driven by an electric motor at the rear axle. The car produces 204 hp (150 kW), 229 lb-ft (310 Nm) of torque and achieves a top speed of 99.4 mph (160 km/h).