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2019-09-10 10:29
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The ID.3 from Volkswagen opens a new era of climate-friendly mobility. 

This first model from the ID. series features carbon-neutrality, the impressive driving dynamics that are characteristic of electric cars, and full connectivity.

Like all future ID. models, the ID.3 is based on the new modular electric drive matrix (MEB), which has been designed for an electric drive system without compromise. 

The ID.3 flaunts the newly developed design DNA that makes it immediately identifiable as a zero emission vehicle. Designed for an electrifying future, it brings a new level of design quality to the compact vehicle category. 

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Revolutionary interior

The interior is also revolutionary. The long wheelbase of the MEB layout, combined with very short overhangs, results in an expansive vehicle interior: the Open Space. With the room and spaciousness this creates, the five-seater ID.3 sets new standards in the compact class. 

Digital, entirely newly designed display elements and controls ensure that every driver will intuitively find their way in the ID.3. Apart from the display in the cockpit, a newly developed, centrally positioned, ten-inch touch display provides drivers with all key information. 

The ID. light, which is also new, supports drivers with an LED strip during navigation and can, for instance, prompt them to brake in the event of any dangers. 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. Thanks to App Connect, the ID.3 can be connected with your smartphone within seconds.

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Series from launch

At series production launch, the ID.3 will be available with three battery size options. The basic variant has a usable energy content of 45kWh and enables an electrically powered range of up to 330 kilometres. The entry price for this ID.3 version is under €30 000 (approx. R489 537). Alongside this is a battery variant with 58kW, which enables the ID.3 to achieve a range of up to 420km. 

The energy content of the largest battery is 77kWh, and its electric range is up to 550km. Thanks to its fast charging capability, it is possible to charge the ID.3 sufficiently for a range of around 290km within 30 minutes, using a charging output of 100kW. 

The batteries themselves are integrated into the underbody. This positioning has a positive effect on driving dynamics, as it moves the centre of gravity in the ID.3 significantly lower. The ID.3 is also characterised by optimum weight distribution between front axle and rear axle.

The first edition – the ID.3 1st – has a 58kWh battery which is driven by an electric motor at the rear axle. It generates 150kW and delivers a maximum torque of 310Nm, facilitating a maximum speed of 160km/h for this five-door vehicle. The ID.3 1st is priced at under €40 000 (approx. R652 716).

The ID.3 1st will be offered in three fixed configurations that are geared towards typical customer preferences. In addition, the paintwork colour and the vehicle interior’s colour can be selected. 

READ: Frankfurt Motor Show - Volkswagen's electric future - new ID.3 to make it's global debut

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