VW promises “a ground-breaking design, greater ranges.”
Volkswagen is trying to eliminate the need of spy photographers by periodically releasing teaser images of its new models, depicting camouflaged prototypes in their full glory. The brand did it with the T-Cross last year, then followed the new Golf a few days ago, and now it’s also previewing its first volume all-electric car, the ID.3, with a photo of a slightly disguised test car. The Germans are promising the EV will offer “a ground-breaking design, greater ranges, impressive driving dynamics, and spacious interior” when it debuts in Frankfurt next month.
The automaker is especially proud of the fact that “any concerns about battery range are a thing of the past” as the ID.3 is available with three different battery packages. There’s an entry-level 45-kWh battery option, a slightly larger 58-kWh pack, and a flagship 77-kWh package, which provide a range of between 205 and 342 miles (330 and 550 kilometers), depending on the battery, measured by the WLTP cycle. A quick 30-minute charge provides juice for approximately (180 miles) 290 kilometers. What’s even more important, Volkswagen guarantees the capacity of the batteries for eight years or 100,000 miles (160,000 km).
The batteries feed an electric motor at the back, which generates 204 horsepower (150 kilowatts) and should let you “accelerate rapidly” with the pedal to the metal. The starting price for the ID.3 will be below €30,000 in Germany, which translates to roughly $33,300 at the current rates. Production of the model will kick off before the year’s end with first deliveries planned for mid-2020. Volkswagen is already accepting deposits for the Edition 1 series, of which just 30,000 will be made.
The ID.3 is the first production model of the brand to be based on the new MEB platform. It will be followed by the high-riding I.D. Crozz, featuring two electric motors for an all-wheel drive and a combined power of more than 300 hp (224 kW).
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