Volkswagen has pioneered the electric car market with its iconic e-Golf and e-up! models. The German automaker is taking its electrification strategy to the next level with its new Volkswagen ID.3 compact electric car. The ID.3 is the second generation of VW's ID. series, which aims to offer a range of affordable and versatile electric vehicles for different needs and preferences. The ID.3 was launched in 2019 with a sleek exterior and a refined interior design, and it is now available to order in two versions starting from $43,100 before subsidies.
The Volkswagen ID.3 is based on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which is a dedicated platform for electric vehicles that optimizes performance and efficiency. The E-GMP allows the Volkswagen ID.3 to have a flat floor and a spacious cabin that can accommodate up to five passengers and their luggage. The ID.3 also features a flexible seating configuration that can be adjusted to suit different needs and preferences.
The Volkswagen ID.3 comes with a 30.5-centimeter display, a center console with USB-C ports and a multifunction steering wheel made from animal-free materials as standard equipment. The ID.3 also offers various functions and features that can be booked later via "Functions on Demand," such as the navigation system, the ACC automatic distance control, the 2-zone Climatronic and an upgrade to 30 colors of ambient light. Customers can choose between a monthly or an annual subscription if desired.
At the start of the new model generation, customers can choose between the Volkswagen ID.3 Pro and Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S versions. The Volkswagen ID.3 Pro has a 58 kWh battery and 150 kW/204 hp of power output. It consumes 15.2 kWh/100 km according to the WLTP standard and travels 429 kilometers on one charge. It goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds and further up to 160 km/h. Direct current fast charging (DC) is possible with up to 120 kW.
The Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S has the same power output of 150 kW (204 hp), but it takes 7.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h from a standing start. A maximum speed of 160 km/h can be reached. The energy comes from a 77 kWh battery, which allows a range of 559 kilometers. DC fast charging is possible with up to 170 kW. The official consumption is 15.3 kWh/100 km.
The new Volkswagen ID.3 is produced in Zwickau and Dresden in Germany and will also start production in Anting in China soon. It is one of five new Volkswagen models based on the E-GMP platform, along with the Volkswagen ID.4, Volkswagen ID.5, Volkswagen ID.Buzz and more to come.
The ID.3 is a great choice for customers who are looking for an affordable and versatile electric car that can meet their daily needs and preferences. It offers a comfortable and spacious interior, a powerful and efficient drivetrain, a smart and connected infotainment system and a suite of advanced driver assistance systems that enhance safety and convenience. The ID.3 is more than just an electric car, it is a symbol of Volkswagen's commitment and innovation for the future of mobility.
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