Volkswagen Unveils The New ID.3

It goes animal-free indoors, features tech upgrades and boasts a sharper look.

Two and half years after launching the first-gen ID.3, Volkswagen has revealed the updated one. The German automaker claims it has listened to and implemented consumer feedback “systematically” while developing the new ID.3. So, what has changed? It has a sharper look on the outside, and the interior is now animal-free. Also, the EV gains tech upgrades and new colour options, including Dark Olivine Green.

Volkswagen has given the ID.3 a new bumper incorporating revised air inlets. Another sneaky change is the removal of the black strip from under the windscreen, which makes the bonnet look longer than before. Aerodynamics have improved, too, courtesy of smoother airflow around the front wheels. And at the back, the taillamps have been tweaked.

The interior has been upgraded by introducing more sustainable materials. Another stylish touch comes courtesy of seams in a contrasting colour. Also, the new ID.3 has more soft and cushiony surfaces. Furthermore, Volkswagen has used microfibre material Artvelours Evo for the door trims and seat covers. This fabric comprises 71 per cent recyclate, made from recycled plastic that has been disposed of at least once. As for the equipment, that also is 100 per cent animal-free.

On the equipment front, the new ID.3 now comes with Plug & Charge function. What that does is enable self-authentication at a charging station. So, all the driver has to do is plug it in, and the charging begins. Another addition to the list is the Electric Vehicle Route Planner (EVRP). As the name suggests, it helps plan a long journey by incorporating traffic conditions, battery charge level, and the charging stations’ locations. EVRP also knows which charging stations don’t have a space for the ID.3, hence ignoring them while planning the route.

Other tech upgrades include the latest software, which ropes in OTA updates. Also, the 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system is now standard across the range. In addition, Volkswagen claims the interface is more user-friendly. The options list includes features such as the augmented reality head-up display and Travel Assist with swarm data, which works in tandem with adaptive cruise control and Lane Assist.

Volkswagen will produce the new ID.3 ins three of its plants from autumn this year. They are in Zwickaw, Dresden and Wolfsburg.

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