The facelifted Volkswagen ID.3 electric hatch has debuted in Europe.
2024 Volkswagen ID.3 facelift unveiled
Updated electric hatch receives updated design, new technology and quality improvements
Local timing still unconfirmed, expected here in 2024 or 2025
Unveiled just two-and-a-half years after the ID.3 launched in Europe – following software-related delays – the updated model was pulled forward to address customer feedback.
Volkswagen Australia has confirmed the updated ID.3 will debut the nameplate locally, but it’s not expected until 2024 or even 2025, with timing yet to be locked in.
While it appears similar to the pre-facelift model, the revised ID.3 receives a freshened look with a new front bumper, an active shutter system, and air curtains to improve aerodynamics.
Volkswagen has redesigned the ID.3’s bonnet by removing the black strip and “recessed sections at the sides [to] create an additional impression of visual lengthening.”
Although the rear end looks identical, the tail-lights have been upgraded to include illumination for the tailgate section, an X-shape for the brake lights, and sequential turn signals.
In addition, it features newly-designed alloy wheels, a thicker beltline, the removal of the c-pillar dot pattern, and a new dark olivine green exterior colour.
As before, the Volkswagen ID.3 has a 2770-millimetre wheelbase, and measures 4261mm long and 1809mm wide. However, it is 6mm lower at 1562mm tall.
Inside, the updated ID.3 gains higher-quality materials in response to customer and media feedback, with soft-touch materials and remodelled door panels with larger hand rests.
Flagship variants also receive softer materials on the upper part of the dashboard.
Volkswagen said the ID.3 is now ‘animal-free’, with faux leather used on the steering wheel, while the door trims and seat covers are now produced from 71 per cent reused plastic waste.
The larger free-standing 12-inch infotainment screen – as found in the related Cupra Born and Volkswagen ID.4 – receives updated, clearer graphics, a more informative charging menu, and an optional cloud-based voice control system for a smoother experience.
While the 5.3-inch digital instrument cluster is retained, the ID.3 borrows augmented reality technology for its head-up display from the ID.4 and ID.Buzz.
As expected, despite feedback, the updated ID.3 retains its touch-sensitive controls and single-switch window controls, with physical controls expected to return in the third-generation Tiguan due later this year.
Under the skin, the updated ID.3 retains its MEB electric vehicle architecture, with a carryover rear-mounted 150kW and 310Nm electric motor.
It is available with a 58kWh or 77kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with a claimed WLTP-rated driving range of up to 546 kilometres with the largest battery.
Volkswagen claims a “smaller battery is planned for the future,” but this cheaper variant – likely with a 45kWh unit – won’t form part of the initial lineup.
The facelifted 2024 Volkswagen ID.3 will arrive in Europe later this year, with local timing currently unconfirmed.
“We’ll get [ID.3] earlier. It was always following ID.4 and ID.5, so it will come the following year, 2024, and [the facelift being pulled forwards] means we’ll get it earlier,” said Volkswagen Australia product boss, Michelle Rowney, in November 2022.