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Volkswagen Sheds More Light On Its New Baby

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VW’s first all-electric hatchback will debut at Frankfurt.

After teasing the all-new Golf, Volkswagen is giving us one last look at the ID.3 hatchback ahead of its debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, the first member of VW's new electric ID family. It's such an important model that Volkswagen named it the ID.3 because it marks the third major new chapter in the company's history after the Beetle and Golf.

The ID.3 shown in the released photo is lightly disguised in colorful camouflage, and as expected the styling doesn't look dramatically different to the original ID Hatch concept that debuted at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Volkswagen claims the ID.3 will boast a "ground-breaking design, greater ranges, impressive driving dynamics, and spacious interior."

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VW is also confident that "any concerns about battery range are a thing of the past with the ID.3." Three battery sizes will be available, including a large 77-kWh option, a medium-sized 58-kWh battery and an entry-level 45-kWh net battery offering a WLTP-rated range of between 205 and 342 miles. A range of approximately 180 miles can be recharged in just 30 minutes. Volkswagen will also guarantee the capacity of the ID. batteries for eight years or 100,000 miles.

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Volkswagen has also confirmed the ID.3 will enable you to "accelerate rapidly" thanks to a rear-mounted electric motor producing 204 horsepower. Production of the ID.3 will start at the end of 2019, with customer deliveries commencing in mid-2020.

In Germany, the ID.3 will start at less than €30,000, which is around $33,000. Demand for the electric hatchback has already exceeded VW's expectations, as the automaker has already been flooded with deposits for the ID.3 Edition 1, which is limited to 30,000 units. While the ID.3 will go on sale in Europe next year, it's unlikely to arrive in America. Instead, the ID. Crozz is likely to be the first ID. model available in the US given our insatiable demand for crossovers.

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