Look twice: this is the updated Volkswagen ID.3
Volkswagen ID.3 2023 updates
What’s new on the outside? You have to look closely, but the redesigned Volkswagen ID.3 has a redesigned front end with better air vents. The rear received new, two-piece, all-red light units. In the interior, Volkswagen applies softer materials in the door panels and dashboard, for example. The interior is animal-free by default and the level of recycled materials has also increased.
Interior with large touchscreen
The infotainment screen of the updated ID.3 now measures 12-inches (30.5 centimeters) as standard and features the latest software. The menu structure has also been optimized. The infotainment system can be easily operated with touch keys on the multifunction steering wheel. Standard features of the ID.3 include a wireless phone charger and smartphone connectivity.
Volkswagen also gives the model better voice control, and the head-up display’s augmented reality is also enhanced. The head-up display can project navigation directions in addition to information on speed and vehicle functions.
Paying for software updates?
Through software updates, things like the navigation system and dual-zone climate control can be activated or deactivated. “In this way, customers can respond flexibly to their needs,” Volkswagen states. So there is a paywall in between here.
Electric Vehicle Route Planner
The standard Electric Vehicle Route Planner, with which the Volkswagen ID.3 maps out the ideal route for the driver, now uses current traffic information and forecasts in determining the route. Any charging stops are calculated based on current capacity at charging stations. This allows the car to recommend different routes to the driver. For example, one with several short charging stops, or another with one longer charging stop.
Smarter driving assistance systems
Travel Assist now has a new feature, complementing adaptive cruise control and lane assist. At speeds above 90 km/h, the car can automatically change lanes after activating the turn signals, provided there is room to do so.
In addition, V2X technology allows the new ID.3 to process important data from compatible cars and infrastructure in a fraction of a second. This will alert the driver to hazards, accidents and stopped traffic. The optional ID. Light also makes those dangers visually apparent through the interior lighting.
The updated Volkswagen ID.3 is available in two versions: the Pro and Pro S. Both variants feature a 150 kW (204 hp) electric motor with 310 Nm of torque. The ID.3 always has rear-wheel drive.
The ID.3 Pro S has a 77-kWh lithium-ion battery pack with an expected range of up to 546 kilometers (WLTP). The ID.3 Pro has a 58 kWh battery pack, good for a range of up to 426 kilometers (WLTP). A version with a smaller battery will also appear later.
At a fast charging station, the ID.3 Pro S the battery pack from 5 to 80 percent in 30 minutes, thanks to the maximum charging capacity of 170 kW. The ID.3 Pro charges with up to 120kW, which takes 35 minutes to charge the battery pack to 80 percent. The ID.3 is prepared for bidirectional charging, which means it can also return power to the grid.
The refreshed Volkswagen ID.3 will be available for order from early April and will arrive in the Netherlands in June. Information on prices will follow later. Volkswagen plans to reduce CO2 emissions per vehicle by 40 percent by 2030 and sell only electric cars in Europe by 2033. To accomplish this, the brand is launching 10 new electric models through 2026.