Volkswagen ID3 reveal at Frankfurt is more than meets the eye

It’s a big day for Volkswagen as they are trying to reclaim their clean-cut image as the safe German brand and that means the ID3 has to lead the way into the electric future of the brand. They are taking this opportunity to re-logo the whole company as well, making it more old-school and slimmer, I rather like it.

The ID3 from Volkswagen opens a new era of what they are calling “climate-friendly mobility”. This first model from the ID series features “carbon-neutrality”, another buzz-phrase that we’ll hear more about in the launch. Like all future ID. models, the ID3 is based on the new modular electric drive matrix (MEB), which has been designed for an electric drive system.

The overall look of the car is fairly average but then the ID3 isn’t meant to be a fancy electric car, it’s more a family hatchback. The rear end is rather nice but there is a lot of plastic that will get all kinds of fingerprints and dirt on it. The front is a little more busy but still sell the package.

At launch, the ID3 will be available with three battery size options. The basic variant has a 45 kWh battery and gives a range of up to 330 kilometres (as per WLTP). The entry price for this ID3 version is under €30,000. Alongside this is a battery variant with 58 kW, which enables the ID.3 to achieve a range of up to 420 km (as per WLTP). The largest battery is 77 kWh, and its electric range is up to 550 kilometres (as per WLTP). Thanks to its fast charging, it is possible to charge the ID.3 sufficiently for a range of around 290 kilometres (WLTP) within 30 minutes, using a charging output of 100 kW that’s currently available from Ionity and soon ESB in Ireland.

It’s interesting to see Volkswagen adopt the same booking system as Tesla, the ability to pre-order the car from a web site isn’t new but Volkswagen say they are getting orders; a lot of them. You talk to the local dealership to complete the order and that keeps you in the network which is good for local jobs.

So far the basic version of the ID3 includes a navigation system, a DAB+ digital radio, seat heating and steering wheel heating, armrests at the front, a Mode 2 charging cable and 18-inch light-alloy wheels. This spec might change a bit when we get nearer launch time but hopefully we’ll get the same in Ireland.

I’ll have a behind the scenes video out on youtube soon but until then you can browse some pictures.