Volkswagen strengthens appeal of ID.3 with another update

Volkswagen facelifted the ID.3 extensively precisely one year ago, but it churns out another update, particularly concerning the Pro S version. Peak power for DC charging has increased, while customers can choose a power hike – even as an after-purchase option. Nothing tells old from new on the outside.

Let’s begin with the features that concern all ID.3 models. As an example of the fast-pacedness of connectivity, the infotainment display, which was upgraded to 12.0 inches last year, grows a few inches further to a diameter of 12.9. Previously, this was impossible because the drive selector was placed on the Digital Cockpit speedometer. But it now sits on the steering wheel column, mimicking the more ergonomic layout on the ID.7.

Bits and bytes from ID.7

From its sibling, the compact BEV from Wolfsburg also receives the wellness app, which aims to offer some relaxation during charging stops. It’s based on different moods like ‘Power Break,’ ‘Fresh Up’ or ‘Calm Down,’ each affecting ambient lighting, air conditioning, and so on to different set-ups. The addition of ChatGPT further enhances the interior experience. It’s voice-controlled (IDA), provides fun facts, and controls vehicle functions.

As for powertrains, Volkswagen ups the appeal of the Pro S (77 kWh). The battery pack remains unaltered, but a more powerful version of 170 kW supplements the 150 kW version as an option.

This makes sense, as previously, there was no distinction in output with the base model Pro. The torque output of 310 Nm remains the same. Customers aren’t forced to make up their minds when ordering, as the power boost can be activated as an over-the-air update – a first for Volkswagen.

Faster during winter

In addition, the carmaker is increasing the Pro S’s fast charging capability to 175 kW, accompanied by enhanced thermal management. The Pro S features pre-heating for speedier charging at the destination, a convenience that is automatically activated after input in the navigation system or by the charging menu. Waiting times have been reduced to 26 minutes from 0-80%. In winter, the improvement will be most noticeable.

Despite the frequent substantial facelifts, Volkswagen still reserves its more advanced pack of 79 kWh for the hottest ID.3, the GTX. Prices for the Belgian market haven’t been announced yet. Last year, D’Ieteren sold 3,771 units of the ID.3 in Belgium. A further increase is expected, as the base version is eligible for a €5.000 incentive from the Flemish government.

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