VW enters new era

with pure electric


Volkswagen ID.3, 2019, front
Volkswagen ID.3, 2019, side
Volkswagen ID.3, 2019, rear
Volkswagen ID.3, 2019, cutaway
Volkswagen ID.3, 2019, interior
Volkswagen ID.3, 2019, badge

VOLKSWAGEN has unveiled its pioneering pure electric ID.3 at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.

The ID.3 is the first model of a completely new generation of pure electric vehicles from Volkswagen featuring zero emissions, outstanding efficiency, and full connectivity.

The long wheelbase of VW's modular electric drive matrix (MEB), combined with very short overhangs, results in an expansive five-seater interior.

Digital, entirely newly designed display elements and controls have been developed and there's also a newly developed, centrally positioned, ten-inch touch display provides drivers with all key information.

All controls - including those on the electrically adjustable multifunction steering wheel - are operated using touch functions featuring touch-sensitive buttons. Only the electric windows and hazard warning lights are still operated using tactile switches. This is supplemented by intelligent natural voice control.

At launch, the ID.3 will be available with three battery size options. The basic variant has a usable energy content of 45 kWh and enables an electrically powered range of up to 330 kilometres (as per WLTP). The entry price for this ID.3 version is under â¬30,000 (around £26,800).

Alongside this is a battery variant with 58 kW, which enables the ID.3 to achieve a range of up to 420 km. The largest battery is 77 kWh, and its electric range is up to 550 kilometres. With its fast charging capability, it is possible to charge the ID.3 sufficiently for a range of around 290 kilometres within 30 minutes, using a charging output of 100 kW.

Volkswagen started pre-booking for ID.3 1- the limited launch edition - in May. It has a 58 kWh battery which is driven by an electric motor at the rear axle. It generates 150 kW and delivers a maximum torque of 310Nm, producing a top a top speed of 160 km/h (99.5mph) for the 5-door vehicle.

It comes in three fixed configurations. The basic versionincludes a navigation system, a DAB+ digital radio, seat heating and steering wheel heating, armrests at the front, a Mode 2 charging cable and 18-inch light-alloy wheels.

TheID.3 1Plusadds a rear view camera, adaptive cruise control and keyless entry and start. The interior features, a centre console with two USB-C connections and ambient lighting. Exterior equipment includes tinted windows, LED headlights, and 19-inch light-alloy wheels.

The top-of-the-rangeID.3 1Max, includes an augmented reality head-up display, Beats sound system, a large sliding/tilting glass roof as well as 20-inch light-alloy wheels.

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