Volkswagen has confirmed that the newly facelifted ID.3 electric hatchback will be launched in March next year.
Revealed in a set of design sketches two and half years after sales began on the first ID.3, the second generation hatchback now features a revised exterior, an upgraded cabin and the latest generation of VW’s ID software to improve the “quality, design and sustainability” of the ID range.
“The design has matured, and we’ve upgraded the materials used in the interior,” explains VW board member, Imelda Labbé. “The needs of our customers are always front and centre for us. That’s why we listen carefully and focus on gearing our product portfolio to their requirements.”
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Based on the same modular electric drive matrix (MEB) architecture as its predecessor – though it’s not yet known whether an updated version of its 150 kW rear-wheel drive e-motor will also make the jump – the second gen ID.3 boasts a new look front bumper with vertical air ducts, an all-body-colour bonnet in-place of its two-tone predecessor, and subtly revised LED head and tail lamps.
Inside, the previous ID.3’s 10-inch touchscreen has been replaced with an upgraded 12-inch example that, like the driver display, is mounted atop the remodeled dashboard. The system works in tandem with VW’s ‘ID’ software, which features over-the-air update capability and VW’s latest generation driver assist technology. And, good news! The rear luggage compartment now comes with a removable floor and the centre console is equipped with two cupholders.
Production will also extend from the ID.3’s original bases in Zwickau and Dresden to include the main VW plant in Wolfsburg. Five trim levels are expected to be produced, with European prices starting from €43,995 (just under $63K), though first customer deliveries in Germany are not expected to arrive until the fourth quarter of 2023 owing to an existing backlog of orders and a “current supply situation for semiconductors.” Of course, there are no plans to bring the updated ID. 3 to North America.