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Frankfurt Motor Show 2019: Volkswagen ID.3 breaks cover

September 10, 2019, 12:47 PM IST by Aditya Nadkarni
Frankfurt Motor Show 2019: Volkswagen ID.3 breaks cover

- Volkswagen ID.3 is based on the all-new MEB platform that will underpin all future VW electric models

- The model will be available with three battery size options

Volkswagen has unveiled the all-new ID.3 fully electric hatchback at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The model is based on the company’s new modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform which will underpin all future electric models from the brand. According to the marquee, the numerical 3 in the model name signifies the third major chapter for the company after the Beetle and the Golf.

The Volkswagen ID.3 will be available with three battery size options. The basic variant features a 45 kWh unit with a range of up to 330 kms while the 58 kW unit can achieve a range of up to 420 kms. The energy content of the largest battery is 77 kWh, and its range stands at 550 kms. With the help of its fast charging capability, the ID.3 can return a range of around 290 kms within 30 minutes, using a charging output of 100 kW.

Dimension wise, the Volkswagen ID.3 is 145mm longer than the current generation Golf while also being 3mm longer, 10mm wider and 60mm taller. Inside, 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. Apart from the display in the cockpit, a newly developed, centrally positioned, ten-inch touch display provides drivers with all key information.

The ID.3 First edition 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, facilitating a maximum speed of 160 kmph. The variant will be offered in three fixed configurations while the paintwork colour and the vehicle interior’s colour can be selected. The basic version of the ID.3 First edition includes a navigation system, seat heating and steering wheel heating, armrests at the front, Mode 2 charging cable and 18-inch alloy wheels.

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

The top-of-the-range version, the ID.3 1st Max, comes equipped with augmented reality (AR) heads-up display, Beats sound system, large panorama sliding/tilting glass roof and 20-inch alloy wheels. This equipment scope is supplemented by a lane-keeping system with Emergency Assist, lane change system, telephony featuring contactless high-voltage battery charging and comfort seats.

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