Even from the sketches presented at the end of last year, it was clear that Volkswagen would not radically change the appearance of its first production model on the MEB platform.
Outside, the updated hatchback is easiest to distinguish by a new front bumper with side air intakes and a modified hood: there is no longer a black lining, and small stampings have appeared along the edges.
As a result of all changes, the drag coefficient Cd decreased from 0.27 to 0.263. Another nuance is that the small sections of the rear lights are now on too.
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The Germans admit that one of the main reasons for the relatively low popularity of the “troika” was modest decoration, which did not match the high price tag. Therefore, the lower part of the front panel and the upper part of the door cards of the updated ID.3 are made of softer and more expensive materials.
For the upholstery of the seats and the inside of the doors, Artvelours Eco fiber, 71% consisting of recycled plastic, was used; VW decided to completely abandon natural leather. The mirrors are now auto-dimming, and the door pockets are roomier.
Instead of a 10-inch screen of the multimedia system, a 12-inch one is installed, like the ID.4 crossover. The operating system has been updated from version 3.2 to 3.5, thanks to which the necessary options can be purchased separately, as on a Mercedes. The main menu interface has been simplified in accordance with the wishes of customers.
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Separately, the increase in the functionality of the retention system in the Travel Assist lane was mentioned, which can now work not only on autobahns, but also in settlements: for this, it is enough for the electronics to recognize at least one lane.
Sales of the updated ID.3 will begin in the fall, and they promise to reduce the price: now the initial version of Life with a 58 kWh battery is available for 43,995 euros, while for a restyled hatchback, according to preliminary information, they will ask for a little more than 40 thousand euros without options. Which is reasonable, because now, having added 2.5 thousand euros to the price of the “troika”, you can already choose a more spacious and passable ID.4. The debut of the second generation ID.3 is scheduled for 2026.
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