THE STANDARD ID.3 REPRESENTS VOLKSWAGEN’S IMMEDIATE FUTURE
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.