Automotive Volkswagen ID.3 EV

Published on March 2nd, 2023 | by Subhash Nair


Volkswagen ID.3 Facelift Model Shown With Minor Changes

The all-electric Volkswagen ID.3 has been given a minor update for 2023.

Volkswagen has continued its success story with its ID. family by releasing an updated version of the ID.3. The ID.3 was the first electric vehicle launched in 2019 based on the modular electric drive platform. Despite press materials labeling this as a ‘second-generation’ model, it is actually just a facelift that is built on the same platform.

In brief, key updates include:

  • new software
  • new front bumper, air cooling openings
  • new light signatures
  • new door panels
  • a relocated and updated infotainment system

The new ID.3 boasts newly sharpened exterior features and a refined interior design, including the use of high-quality, animal-free and sustainable materials. The interior features microfibre material called Artvelours Eco on the door trims and seat covers. The material is 71% recyclate, a secondary raw material obtained by recycling plastic waste that has been disposed of at least once. The car includes several upgrades that create a harmonious overall impression, such as soft, foam-backed surfaces in the cockpit and softer and larger surfaces in the doors.

It still measures 4.26 metres long, 1.81 metres wide, and 1.56 metres high. Now it also includes several aerodynamic features that help improve air flow around the front wheels, as well as smart solutions that enhance its overall efficiency. Headlight and tail light designs have been updated and there are new colours such as Dark Olivine Green used in the vehicle’s exterior design. The new bumper design gives the car an independent, confident, and friendly look from all angles, with the goal of using more of the exterior colour evident in the design of the new bonnet.

facelifted Volkswagen ID.3 hero photo

The front air intakes are enlarged, and the body of the car has a steeply sloping A-pillar, flowing roof line, and drawn-in C-pillars, resulting in an excellent drag coefficient of 0.263. With aerodynamics playing an essential role in the car’s range, various solutions for individual details, such as the electrically actuated radiator blind in the vehicle’s front end, improve aerodynamics.

There are possibilities of introducing the Volkswagen ID.3 to Malaysia, which has a growing demand for electric vehicles and favourable taxation. The ID.3 is available with either a 58kWh or 77 kWh lithium ion battery, lending a range of 426-546km depending on configuration.


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