Two and a half years after the launch of the first generation, Volkswagen has just presented the expected redesign of the ID on March 1, 2023. 3, its 100% electric compact. On the program, design modifications (especially in the cabin), higher quality materials and the integration of latest generation assistance systems.
In October 2022, Volkswagen CEO Thomas Schäfer confirmed the brand’s ambitions in the electric market. For good reason, the manufacturer plans to launch no less than 10 new electric cars by 2026. Among them will be the famous ID.7, designed to compete with the Tesla Model 3, or even a mysterious SUV variant of the ID. 3.
We also knew that this list had the expected ID overhaul. 3, the very first electric compact from the German brand. Well precisely, Volkswagen has just lifted the veil on this whole new version 2023 of the ID. 3 this Wednesday, March 1, 2023.
Two and a half years after the launch of the first generation, the ID. 3 therefore goes through the “restyling” box, with many modifications, whether in terms of design (especially in the passenger compartment), the materials used or the on-board assistance systems. But without further ado, let’s see what VW has prepared.
Timid alterations to the exterior design
First, let’s look at the changes to the line in ID.3. As much to say it right away, the changes made are not the most obvious and it will be necessary to look at the details to notice the differences with the 1st model.
Because, the bulk of the new features focuses on the front of the compact. The shield has been reworked and features a finer and more refined air intake. Vertical slots arranged on the sides give a sporty look to the compact VW. The hood has also benefited from a new pencil stroke. The black band under the windshield has been removedand scooped sections on the sides of the hood give the impression of a longer nose.
VW also explains that it has improved aerodynamics via optimized airflow at the front wheels. Regarding the optics at the front, no change to report. On the other hand, those at the back have had a makeover and now come in two red parts.
Also read: Electric cars – Volkswagen will create its own engine to reduce prices
A cabin redesigned from A to Z
As said above, the majority of the work done by Volkswagen is actually in the cabin. It must be recognized that the ID. 3 needed it. Customers have pointed to the questionable quality of the materials used and the unworthy level of finish for an electric car offered all the same at more than 45,000 €.
“In addition, numerous customer suggestions have been taken up and implemented in the form of product improvements and optimization of the standard equipment”, writes Volkswagen.
This overhaul notably involves the use of sustainable materials for the seats and door trim, namely Artvelours Eco microfiber, a fabric made from 71% recycled materials. The driver’s compartment offers softer surfaces with foam liners, stitched leather (non-animal) and includes larger storage compartments.
But what we especially remember are the changes made to the control screens. Dashboard touchscreen goes from 10 to 12 inches and will now be standard. But above all, it is powered by a new OSmore efficient according to VW and able to receive updates remotely or OTA if you prefer.
The idea is ultimately to offer customers additional features (paid, of course) as Tesla already does. Small flat however concerning the central screen, the controls are touch-only. No physical buttons available. This trend among many manufacturers is regularly singled out for its dangerousness. In 2020, a Tesla owner had an accident while trying to increase the speed of his windshield wipers via his car’s touch controls. But according to VW, menu layout is now clearer. To be seen during the tests.
An identical engine
If you expect something new regarding the technical characteristics of this ID.3 cuvée 2023, you will have to come back. This new version still offers the same electric motorization, namely that of 150kW (240 horsepower). We will then find a battery of 58 kWh on the first two models in the range, and a larger battery of 77 kWh on the premium variant. Let a respective autonomy of 426 and 546 km in the WLTP cycle.
In fact, the only notable change is on the DC direct current charging side. On fast terminals, the threshold has been increased from 135 kW to 170 kWenough to gain a few extra kilometers on each recharge.
Re prices and versions availablewe stay on something similar to the existing offer on the old ID.3:
- ID.3 Pro First 150 kW and 58 kWh battery: from €46,750
- ID. 3 Pro First Exclusive 150 kW and 58 kWh battery: from €50,200
- ID. 3 Pro S First Exclusive 150 kW and 77 kWh battery: from €55,600
According to Volkswagen, production of the ID.3 will take place at the sites in Zwickau and Dresden, as well as in the new plant in Wolsburg from autumn 2023.