THE STAN­DARD ID.3 REP­RE­SENTS VOLK­SWA­GEN’S IM­ME­DI­ATE FU­TURE

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60mm taller, and 10mm nar­rower than a Golf. Power is sourced from an elec­tric mo­tor mounted on the rear axle, tech­ni­cally mak­ing the ID.3 both rear-en­gined and rear-wheel drive (sound fa­mil­iar?) and will be avail­able in time with three dif­fer­ent bat­tery ca­pac­i­ties. Volk­swa­gen is claim­ing a WLTP range of 330, 420 and 550km de­pend­ing on ca­pac­ity — ex­tremely high num­bers for an elec­tric ve­hi­cle of this size and price. With 201bhp from the 77kWh bat­tery, we suspect this won’t be a Tesla Model S ri­val in terms of out­right per­for­mance. In­stead the ID.3 will ap­peal as a com­muter car, and it will in­deed be the price that’s the defin­ing fac­tor, with an ex­pected fig­ure start­ing at un­der 30,000 eu­ros (`27 lakh) in Ger­many for ba­sic ver­sions. With a charg­ing ca­pa­bil­ity of up to 100kW, recharg­ing those bat­tery packs shouldn’t take a huge amount of time ei­ther, 290km of range tak­ing half an hour, al­though it does lack the head­line recharge fig­ures found in more ex­pen­sive elec­tric mod­els such as the new Porsche Taycan or Tesla Model S.

The in­te­rior has also been through a to­tal re-imag­i­na­tion, with a stark, open and sim­ple de­sign dom­i­nated by a large touch­screen in­ter­face that will even­tu­ally find it­self in the next Golf and its de­riv­a­tives. The high­mounted gear se­lec­tor and float­ing screens are joined by what Volk­swa­gen calls a new aug­mented re­al­ity head-up dis­play that will be stan­dard across most high-spec­i­fi­ca­tion mod­els.

Is there room for a per­for­mance de­riv­a­tive? As a com­pany fa­mous for turn­ing what would oth­er­wise have been noth­ing but a small com­muter car into the GTI phe­nom­e­non, we wouldn’t put it past Volk­swa­gen. But for now the stan­dard ID.3 rep­re­sents Volk­swa­gen’s im­me­di­ate fu­ture, one that will need to start pay­ing back its enor­mous in­vest­ment. Over 30,000 pre-or­ders have al­ready been taken by Volk­swa­gen, with de­liv­er­ies be­gin­ning in Ger­many mid-2020 and other mar­kets fol­low­ing soon af­ter. Don’t hold your breath though, for an In­dia launch any­time soon. Out here, work is flat out on the MQB-A0IN plat­form SUVs for both the Skoda and Volk­swa­gen brands to be pre­viewed at next year’s Auto Expo, fol­lowed by sedans a year later. By then, of course, we will know if the ID fam­ily has lived up to VW’s ex­pec­ta­tions.

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