The ID.3 already goes through the restyling box. Its face evolves and its interior presentation is more qualitative. But it’s the status quo on the technical side.
Flagship of Volkswagen’s electric offensive, the ID.3 was unveiled in September 2019. But deliveries began almost a year later, at the start of the 2020 school year. This is why the restyling seems to be coming early in the career of the ID.3! The brand did not want to drag to correct some defects of its connected compact.
What changes outside
The redesign focuses on the front end. The most visible is of course the new shield, more elaborate and more elegant. The wide, slightly grimacing mouth gives way to a thinner main air intake. It is accompanied by vertical slits on the sides, which give a little character.
It’s less obvious, but the black band under the windshield has been removed. There is therefore a new bonnet entirely in body color, which visually lengthens the nose of the car. Volkswagen did not touch the optics. On this point, we just note a reworked rear light signature.
The color chart incorporates a new shade, a green with golden reflections.
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What changes inside
To improve the ID.3, Volkswagen says it listened to customer feedback. One of the great flaws of the compact electric is its interior presentation, which lacks cachet. To correct this, the manufacturer has integrated new soft surfaces lined with foam into the dashboard. The quality impression is reinforced with new stitching in contrasting colour. The doors have also been revised, with softer surfaces. The empty pockets are enlarged.
In the center, there is a new screen, enlarged: it goes from 10 to 12 inches. The structure of the menu has evolved, again taking into account customer feedback. But the ID.3 therefore continues to do (almost) all touch, while customers would like the return to clear physical controls for certain functions.
What changes for the technique
The range remains simplified, with for the moment a single engine announced. This is the block of 150 kW, or 204 hp, mounted at the rear. There are two battery sizes: 58 kWh for the Pro version and 77 kWh for the Pro S version. The first has a WLTP combined cycle range of 426 km. For the second, it’s 546 km.
So we have known, if not for recharging. The Pro S can now accept DC charging power up to 170 kW, up from 135 before. The Pro remains at 120 kW.
Volkswagen has already opened the order books for the restyled ID.3, with “First” versions, whose deliveries will begin in the fall. A smaller battery will come back later. We are also expecting a GTX version.
The advertised prices
- ID.3 Pro First 204 ch, 58 kWh : 46.750 €
- ID.3 Pro First Exclusive 204 ch, 58 kWh : 50.200 €
- ID.3 Pro S First Exclusive 204 ch, 77 kWh : 55.600 €
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