Volkswagen has launched the new ID.3, the second generation of its best-selling electric car based on the MEB platform. The new ID.3 is a major upgrade from the previous model, with a sharper exterior design, a refined interior, the latest software version, and a range of comfort and assistance systems. The new ID.3 also showcases Volkswagen's commitment to sustainability, as it is delivered carbon-neutral and uses animal-free and eco-friendly materials in the interior. In this article, I will review the features and benefits of the new ID.3 and explain why it is a game-changer in the electric car market.
The new Volkswagen ID.3 is a compact hatchback that offers spaciousness, practicality and versatility. It has a sleek and aerodynamic shape, with short overhangs, a long wheelbase, and a low drag coefficient of 0.27. The new ID.3 comes in five trim levels (Life, Style, Family, Max and Tour) and offers a variety of colors and graphics to suit different tastes and personalities. Some of the colors are inspired by nature, such as Dark Olivine Green and Glacier Blue.
The new ID.3 is powered by a rear-mounted electric motor that delivers either 110 kW (150 PS) or 150 kW (204 PS) of power, depending on the battery size. The new ID.3 offers three battery options: 45 kWh (Pure Performance), 58 kWh (Pro and Pro Performance), and 77 kWh (Pro S). The range varies from 205 miles (330 km) to 340 miles (550 km), according to the WLTP cycle. The new ID.3 can be charged at up to 125 kW at fast-charging stations, which means it can add up to 180 miles (290 km) of range in just 30 minutes.
The new ID.3 electric car is provided with the latest software, which enhances system performance and enables over-the-air updates. The new ID.3 also features a 12-inch display with touch and voice control, a head-up display with augmented reality, a removable luggage compartment floor, a center console with two cup holders, wireless smartphone charging, ambient lighting, and a premium sound system by Beats.
The new ID.3 also offers a high level of safety and convenience with its fully integrated assist systems. Some of the highlights are the Travel Assist with Swarm Data, which uses real-time traffic information to adjust speed and lane keeping; the Park Assist Plus with Memory Function, which remembers frequently used parking spaces and automatically steers into them; the IQ.Light LED matrix headlights, which adapt to different driving situations and weather conditions; and the Emergency Assist, which detects if the driver is incapacitated and brings the car to a safe stop.
The new ID.3 is not only a smart and comfortable electric car but also a sustainable one. Volkswagen delivers the new ID.3 carbon-neutral by using renewable energy sources for production and compensating for unavoidable emissions through certified climate protection projects. The new ID.3 also uses animal-free and sustainable materials in the interior, such as ArtVelours Eco upholstery made from recycled plastic bottles and AppleSkin leatherette made from apple waste.