Volkswagen announced it as the third milestone in its history, after the Beetle and the Golf. The ID.3 hatch (Intelligent Design) is the first model to use the MEB platform, for 100% electric cars.
At 4.26m from end to end, the ID.3 is approximately the length of the current Golf, but the interior space is greater (the wheelbase is 2.76m). In the lines, the ID.3 has a bit of Up!. Driver and passengers are in a higher position, on the battery “sandwiched” on the floor.
The first edition of the vehicle comes with a 150kW engine (204cv) and a 58kWh battery, with a range of 420km in the WLTP cycle. There will also be versions that will come out 45kWh (330km) and 77 kWh (550km). In both, the maximum speed is limited to 160km/h.
Inside, despite the clean design, the level of embedded technology is impressive. The vehicle has all controls including the controls for the electrically adjustable multifunction steering wheel, which are operated using touch-sensitive functions. Only the controls for the power windows and hazard warning lights are controlled by tactile switches.
Shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the ID.3 will be launched in Europe next year and represents the first in a series.
According to the president of Volkswagen in Latin America, Pablo Di Si, the company is already studying which version of this electric model can be sold in the Brazilian market and others in Latin American countries.