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VW releases official photos and pricing for landmark ID.3 electric hatchback

12 May 2019

But a amusing thing happened this week after Volkswagen announced that it will build just 30,000 units of its special edition ID.3 electric hatchback.

Volkswagen has announced it will begin taking pre-orders in Europe for its first long-range, all-electric hatchback. ID.3 will be one of five new VW models based on the MEB platform.

So, if you're a chic European type and you want to toss your lot in with Volkswagen, how do you go about actually placing a preorder for the ID 3?

In addition to the let-down in price, the carmaker has only released camouflaged photos of the ID.3 - one of which was leaked yesterday.

The automaker is holding the full details package until closer to the official debut, but it does say that it will offer the production ID.3 with three battery options, ranging between 330 and 550 km.

The Volkswagen Group can really be considered a "Tesla killer" on account of its huge resources and technologies, unlike smaller rivals in the USA and China that have laid claim to this title on the strength of a single electric vehicle (EV).

The "ID.3 1st Max" will be "packed with innovations" like an augmented reality heads-up display. An ID.3 1ST Plus will get more lighting and a bi-color exterior and interior. It will also have a large panoramic glass roof.

Jürgen Stackmann, VW board member for sales, marketing and aftersales, said: 'For the ID.3, the starting price of the standard model in Germany will be under €30,000 [£25,800], as promised.

Anyone pre-ordering a Volkswagen ID.3 will bag a launch edition model with special features, as well as the promise of 'free charging of up to 2000kWh electricity for the first year'.

Pre-orders require a €1,000 ($1,118) deposit.

Production of the auto is expected to begin in late 2019. Volkswagen is working hard to eliminate the hitches.

Volkswagen has revealed the first detailed near-production images of its upcoming electric hatch, along with the naming scheme for the lineup.

The German vehicle brand, which will hope the ID range will help fix its reputation following the Dieselgate emissions scandal in 2015, said the ID.3 signals the "potential for expansion into bigger and smaller models" in the zero-emissions line-up.

VW releases official photos and pricing for landmark ID.3 electric hatchback