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Volkswagen ID3 2023: facelifted EV confirmed for Australia, local production could start next year


Although Australia has missed out on the ID3 so far, it has been on sale in Europe for almost four years and now it’s come in for an update

Volkswagen has whipped the covers off what it’s calling the “second-generation” ID3 EV hatch, with updated looks and new interior technology. 

Speaking to Chasing Cars, Volkswagen Australia Product and PR Communications Manager Daniel DeGasperi confirmed the updated ID3 will be offered locally.

“We are awaiting final confirmation on production dates – currently 2024 or 2025,” DeGasperi said. 

2023 Volkswagen ID.3 rear 3/4
The updated ID3 wears subtle changes in the taillights

According to the German brand, this updated ID3 represents one of ten new electric models that will be on sale globally by 2026. 

When it does eventually land, this updated ID3 is likely to face competition from the Cupra Born hatch, Polestar 2 liftback, and inbound MG4 hatch.

Volkswagen’s ID4 is set to arrive in Australia earlier in 2023, offering a fully electric alternative to the popular Tiguan midsize SUV.

What’s new for the ID3? 

The biggest changes on the outside are the redesigned front and rear bumpers that give the ID3 more of a sporty look over the pre-facelift model. 

2023 Volkswagen ID.3 charge
Volkswagen’s ID3 sits on the MEB platform

According to Volkswagen, the front bumper gets an improved  intake design alongside an active shutter system that’s said to improve air flow around the front wheels. 

At the rear, the taillights have been slightly revised, and the brake lights now create an ‘X’ shape when activated. 

In terms of sheer size, the ID3 is identical to the pre-facelift car in almost every way, except for the ride height, as it now sits 6mm lower. 

2023 Volkswagen ID.3 interior seats
Play and pause pedals hint at the playful nature of the ID3

On the inside, things are rather familiar with the 12.0-inch infotainment screen and 5.3-inch digital cluster carrying over. 

There’s also an optional augmented reality head-up display that not only projects driving information onto the windscreen, but it will appear to be 10-metres ahead of the car. 

Other changes on the inside include new soft-touch accents, and Artvelours Eco microfiber upholstery across the cabin. Volkswagen notes that this material is made up of 71 percent recycled plastic waste. 

Any powertrain changes? 

Beneath the fancy new exterior, things remain mostly unchanged, with the same 58kWh (usable) and 77kWh (usable) battery options available. WLTP range ratings sit at 426km for the former, and 546km for the latter. 

The 58kWh battery is able to charge at a maximum DC rate of 120kW, and the 77kWh unit can DC charge up to 170kW. 

2023 Volkswagen ID.3 front 3/4
Things are mostly the same under this new skin

As for performance, both ID3 grades sold overseas are exclusively offered with a single motor mounted on the rear axle that makes 150kW/310Nm. 

Those wanting a bit more punch will be happy to know Volkswagen has confirmed a high-performance ‘GTX’ version for release in 2023, which will reportedly come with outputs of 220kW/460Nm.