Could these changes make their way to the ID.4 SUV?
Volkswagen has shared design sketches of the upcoming Volkswagen ID.3 update, scheduled to hit select markets in late 2023.
While the little electric hatchback is not sold in America, these revisions are essential. The design changes seen here will likely be adopted by the ID.4, which remains a popular electric buy in the United States. At first glance, not much appears to have changed, but we can see the updated model will sport a redesigned front bumper that is far sportier than before.
The more dramatic lower treatment, with its prominent vents, is particularly eye-grabbing and does away with the rounded front fascia of the current model. This more aggressive look would benefit the ID.4, which currently sports a rather demure look.
Round back, it's a similar story. Volkswagen hasn't changed much, but the taillights appear to have been modernized and integrated into the tailgate. The design study previews a more upscale, sophisticated look that would carry over well to the larger crossover sibling.
Interestingly, VW hasn't opted for a lightbar, as worn by the ID.4, ID.Buzz, and the ID. Aero.
The most significant changes have been made inside. A larger 12-inch touchscreen, angled towards the driver, replaces the existing 10-inch variant. Elsewhere, front-row occupants gain two centrally-positioned cupholders. Volkswagen also promises more premium interior materials.
In keeping with the eco-friendly theme, the leather-trimmed steering wheel will be replaced with a high-quality synthetic alternative.
"The new ID.3 demonstrates our commitment to quality, design, and sustainability. The design has matured, and we've upgraded the materials used in the interior", said Imelda Labbe, member of the Board of Management for Marketing, Sales, and After-Sales at Volkswagen Passenger Cars.
The ID.4 has many positive characteristics, but many have criticized the crossover for its subpar interior plastics. VW will likely address these issues, as it says it has done with the ID.3. If that's the case, we can expect more soft-touch materials and more scope for luxury-minded personalization.
Buyers can also expect the updated ID.3 to debut with a removable trunk floor. Functions such as the intelligent Electric Vehicle Route planner and Plug & Charge will make it easier to charge the ID.3's batteries. Optionally, customers can specify technologies like Park Assist Plus with a memory function and Travel Assist with Swarm Data.
If you're in Europe and interested in upgrading to the latest model, order books for the pre-configured Life, Business, Style, Max, and Tour grades opened December 1, with deliveries commencing in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Customers will be expected to pay €43,995 (approx. $46,445) for the facelifted ID.3, which is around €2,300 cheaper than the entry-level ID.4 in Europe.
Volkswagen's sole electric offering in the USA has received a few changes in the past few months. It's now built in America, and Volkswagen recently introduced a more affordable model to the lineup. Notably, the brand also ushered in a new software update that has dramatically improved the infotainment system.
Still, with solid competition from other marques, the German contender needs all the help it can get. While VW is yet to announce anything official, we anticipate a mid-cycle refresh to be introduced in 2024, as it debuted a year after the ID.3.