The new Volkswagen ID.3 will arrive in Ireland in 2020
The new Volkswagen ID.3 will arrive in Ireland in 2020

The new Volkswagen ID.3 has had its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The ID.3 is the first of a new generation of electric vehicles from Volkswagen based on the brand’s new modular electric drive matrix (MEB).

According to Volkswagen Ireland,  the new Volkswagen ID.3 will cost under €30,000 for the entry-level 45 kWh car with 330km range, after government grants. This model will arrive in Ireland at the end of 2020.

The first cars to come to Ireland will be the 1st Edition models. These will arrive in summer 2020 and will come to market under €40,000 after grants. The 1st Edition has a 58 kWh battery, which enables the ID.3 to achieve a range of up to 420 km (as per WLTP).

“The ID.3 is an all-rounder that is suitable for everyday use. It is compact, as such offering the manoeuvrability of a small car with the interior space of a mid-range vehicle. It combines exciting design with innovative technology and significant range,” says Silke Bagschik, Head of Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen ID. family.

The batteries themselves are integrated into the underbody. This positioning has a positive effect on driving dynamics according to Volkswagen, as it moves the centre of gravity in the ID.3 significantly lower. Volkswagen also claims the ID.3 has optimum weight distribution between front axle and rear axle.

The long wheelbase of the MEB layout, combined with very short overhangs, gives the five seater ID.3 a spacious interior for a compact vehicle.

Inside there are also newly designed display elements and controls including a ten-inch touch display providing drivers with key system information.

The new ID. light supports drivers with an LED strip during navigation and can prompt them to brake in the event of any dangers. All controls – including those on the electrically adjustable multifunction steering wheel – are operated using touch functions featuring touch-sensitive buttons. Only the electric windows and hazard warning lights are still operated using tactile switches.

The interior of the new Volkswagen ID.3
The interior of the new Volkswagen ID.3