Volkswagen has updated its all-electric ID.3 hatchback for 2023 and beyond with subtle styling revisions and latest onboard technology. Production is planned to commence in autumn 2023 (September/November) in three locations (Zwickau, Dresden and Wolfsburg), but do check with your local dealer for availability information.
Alright, let’s start with the styling revisions then, shall we? Speaking of which, it might seem like there aren’t any, but there’s a redesigned front bumper with air curtains. Do note that we’re looking at the ID.3 Pro in the photos here. Another change is that the thick black strip under the windscreen has been let go in order to make the bonnet appear longer. There’s no change in the wheel design, and if you look at the rear fascia, things might look identical, but this time around, the light strips on the hatch door actually light up as opposed to just being show elements in the outgoing model.
On the inside, there are some extra sustainability stuff going on. I mean, for the door panels and seats, VW is using a microfibre material called Artvelours Eco that apparently contains 71% recyclate (obtained from recycled plastics). VW also says that it has implemented customer feedback into the new model. The redesigend door panels, for example, have softer and larger surfaces, as do soft, foam-backed surfaces on the key areas of the cabin.
As for other key highlights, a 12-inch central touchscreen with latest software comes standard across the range, while an augmented reality head-up display (AR head-up display) remains an optional extra. For anyone scratching their heads, the driver display measures 5.3-inches. The Travel Assist with Swarm Data is now optionally available for ID.3 as well; (if swarm data is available) the technology works with Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist to keep the vehicle in lane when driving on country roads.
Plug & Charge function is included as standard, which enables the vehicle to authenticate itself and start the charging process when the charging cable is plugged in at a charging station. Electric Vehicle Route Planner is another highlight. On longer journeys, the feature calculates charging stops so that the destination can be reached as quickly as possible—using current traffic information and forecasts—in addition to the battery charge level.
VW doesn’t talk about powertrain and battery packs in its press release, which means the current options will continue.