Volkswagen has previewed its upcoming ID.3 electric hatchback one last time, ahead of its world premiere at the Frankfurt motor show on September 10.
The first lot of vehicles will be special 1st Edition models, limited to 30,000 vehicles with "fantastic levels of equipment". Volkswagen sold these off as pre-bookings in mid-May for the European market.
According to the German brand, the base price for the ID.3 will start under €30,000 ($49,020) in Germany. Volkswagen says the ID.3's relatively sharp pricing "means it will be an electric vehicle for everyone" – it is the 'people's car' brand, after all.
"Another highlight with the Group’s first electric vehicle is the fact that the ID.3 will be carbon-neutral over its service life if buyers consistently charge their vehicles using renewable energy," the company says in its press release.
Three different versions of the ID.3 will be offered in terms of battery capacity – small (45kWh), medium (58kWh) and large (77kWh). In 1st Edition guise, the ID.3 is powered by a 150kW electric motor mounted on the rear axle.
Driving range is rated between 330km and 550km on the WLTP testing cycle, while 100kW fast charging can replenish around 290km of range within 30 minutes.
Volkswagen has confirmed it will guarantee with capacity of the ID.3's batteries for eight years or 160,000 kilometres.
Following its global debut at the Frankfurt motor show next week, production of the ID.3 is scheduled to commence "at the end of 2019", with first European deliveries to start "by mid-2020".
While European customers will be able to get their hands on the ID.3 by mid-2020, an Australian launch is still some time away.
Last we heard from Volkswagen's local division, our market won't see the all-electric hatchback until 2022 at the earliest, with our lagging emissions standards apparently to blame.
Michael Bartsch, Volkswagen Australia's managing director, said our country is "in danger of losing its place in the queue for EVs because this country's automotive regulations have fallen behind the first-world norm".
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for our coverage of the ID.3's reveal on September 10.