The company Volkswagen unveiled the production version of the electric vehicle ID.3 at the motor show in Frankfurt. Letters in the car name stands for Intelligent Design and Identity (intelligent design and personality). The Germans themselves called this the electric car as its main premiere on the motor show. The first batch of hatchbacks called First Edition will release in November at the factory in Zwickau with a circulation of 30 000 copies, most of them are already booked. The first cars will arrive to dealers in mid-2020.
ID.3 was the first production electric vehicles of the Germans, built on a new platform MEB. The launch of this model in production, the representatives of Volkswagen compared with the transition from Beetle to Golf. The design of the machine is practically no different from the same concept presented earlier. Special cameras took the usual rear-view mirrors, and retractable door handles replaced conventional. Drag coefficient – 0,267.
The five-door hatchback uses a special flat batteries that are mounted under the floor of the car. This is done in order to increase the internal space of the car. The new is comparable to “Golf”. Length of new items is 4261 mm, width – 1809 mm, height – 1552 mm. The wheelbase is 2765 millimeters. The mass of the electric vehicle is equal to 1719 pounds.
Fully machine specifications are not yet disclosed. At the moment we know that the electric car will offer in three versions: with batteries 45, 58 and 77 kWh, which will allow to pass without charging 330, 420 and 550 km respectively. For example, the cheapest model Tesla – Model 3 – reserve standard version is 354 km. In March, the Americans were able to increase the cruising range of the electric vehicle at up to 523 miles.
Electric motor power is 150 and 204 HP. The maximum speed of the basic version of the car is 160 km per hour. Battery for mileage 290 km can be recharged in half an hour using fast charging.
In the cabin of the electric vehicle, a large touchscreen display infotainment complex, which is responsible for managing most functions, so the number of analog buttons and switches here is kept to a minimum. Such a solution can also be found on a new Tesla electric cars. To adjust the temperature in the cabin using the small slider at the bottom of the screen. The Luggage compartment of the hatchback’s 380 litres.
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Digital dashboard of the hatchback is located directly on the steering column and displays information about speed, cruising range, working cruise control, and driving directions. ID.3 have lost their traditional selector of an automatic transmission: it was replaced by a small switch on the side of tidy.
The basic version of the First Edition is equipped with a satellite navigation system, heated front seats and steering and 18-inch wheels. Package Plus also adds rear camera, adaptive cruise control, Keyless entry and engine start, lights door handles and matrix led headlights. Top specification Max got the premium audio Beats, panoramic roof, touchscreen display and 20-inch wheels.
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