Based on Volkswagen’s modular MEB platform, the ID.3 aims to be an affordable all-electric hatchback with superb range. The base model sports a 45-kWh battery (205-miles), the ID.3 1ST launch edition with a 58-kWh battery (261 miles), and the range-topping 77-kWh battery pack that’s good for up to 342-miles on a full charge. Plug any of these models into a 100-kW quick charger, and you should get around 180-miles in just 30 minutes. Read more for a video tour, additional pictures and information.
Weighing 3,719-pounds, its high-voltage flat battery pack is mounted underbody, while the auxiliary units (AC compressor, steering rack, etc.) are built into the front. The rear axle-mounted electric motor is touted as generating 204 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque, while top speed is electronically limited to 100 mph.
VW’s ID.3 1ST edition comes packed with features, such as a satellite navigation system, heated front seats / steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, and lots more. The Plus launch model boasts a parking camera, adaptive cruise control, keyless access / system start, matrix LED headlights, and 19-inch wheels. The highest-end ID.3 1ST Max adds a head-up display, Beats premium audio, a panoramic roof, and 20-inch wheels.
There’s no word yet on when / if this will hit the United States, but VW says the base model will be priced at around $33,300, making it a serious Tesla Model 3 competitor.