Volkswagen ID.3 electric car ready for its Frankfurt debut

Rear-drive ID.3 is a Golf-sized electric hatchback expected to market in 2020

Published: August 31, 2019, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:52 PM

Volkswagen ID.3

Volkswagen’s first vehicle in its fully electric ID family, the ID.3, will have its world premiere at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in the middle of September 2019.

Based on the company’s new MEB platform, the rear-drive ID.3 is a Golf-sized electric hatchback that is expected to start deliveries as the ID.3 1st Edition (limited to 30,000 units worldwide, orders for which started being placed in May of this year) in the first half of 2020, followed by the entry-level trim (reportedly less than €30,000 or about $44,000 Canadian) due in 2021.

The car will come in three battery-size/range levels — 45 kWh battery offering a range of 330 km, 58 kWh for 420 km and 77 kWh for a range of 550 km. All will be powered by a 150-kW motor (220 hp). The batteries are reportedly warrantied for eight years or 160,000 km and can take 30 minutes to provide an extra 290-km of range (using direct current).

It is not yet decided if the ID.3 will come to North America, but the second vehicle in the series — a compact crossover based on the I.D. Crozz (roughly the size of a Tiguan) —is expected to cross the Atlantic. A closer-to-production concept of what is likely to be called the ID.2 is also expected to be unveiled at IAA.