The new-look ID.3 is now revealed at Des Winks and available to test drive. The best-selling electric model now has a sharper exterior design and a more sumptuous interior that has more intuitive day-to-day functionality and state-of-the-art technology. The new ID.3 reveals a more mature face than the previous model, with sharp lines, enlarged air intakes and a longer-looking bonnet thanks to the removal of the black strip beneath the windscreen. New two-part LED tail-light clusters illuminate the rear, wand what was previously a reflector on the boot door now also lights up. Volkswagen has listened to customer feedback regarding the ID.3 interior, resulting in a more luxurious finish with soft, foam-backed touch points throughout the cabin.
The interior is also completely animal-free: the Artvelours Eco microfibre material used for the door trims and seat covers is 71-per-cent recyclate – a secondary raw material obtained by recycling plastic waste that has previously been disposed of at least once.
Like its predecessor, the new ID.3 will be handed over to customers with a net carbon-neutral certification.
The use of swarm data in the current version of Travel Assist represents the next step on the path to automated driving.
Park Assist Plus with memory function allows automatic retrieval and use of saved parking manoeuvres, while cloud-based voice control and an augmented-reality head-up display make every day driving easy in the new ID.3. The Electric Vehicle Route Planner has also been updated and improved.
Initially provided with the same 10-inch infotainment screen as on the current model, albeit with updated user systems and software, the UK will eventually receive the larger 12.9-inch screen with more intuitive functions and controls. Expect that update by mid-2024.
The new ID.3 is available with two battery sizes: 58 and 77kWh. The 77kWh ID.3 Pro S can be charged from five to 80 per cent within 30 minutes with a charging capacity of up to 170kW, while the 58kWh ID.3 Pro needs 35 minutes with a charging capacity of up to 120kW. The large battery gives the ID.3 Pro S a predicted range of up to 546km/339 miles (WLTP).
Bidirectional charging will be possible at home in the future in combination with a suitable energy management system. The ID.3 will then be able to feed power into the home network.
When it comes to colour and trim design, the new hue dark olivine green stands for exclusivity and premium value. The iridescent metallic paint changes appearance depending on ambient lighting conditions: one minute it looks an earthy green, the next it offers a warm golden glow, or a chic grey. The roof is completely black and its trim strip is finished in high-quality matt silver to emphasise the paint colour.