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Volkswagen ID.3 R electric hot-hatch likely to debut in 2024

  • The ID.3R hot-hatch is only likely to be rear-wheel drive and has at least 304hp on tap.
  • Standard ID.3 international deliveries to begin in September despite software issues
  • Production ID. Rooms, id. Buzz and ID. Vizzion is expected to arrive by the end of 2022 after an ID City car and Mercedes EQB-rival SUV

Volkswagen owners are close to signing plans for a hot, R-poor version of the upcoming ID.3 electric hatchback. Sources have told our sister publication Autocar UK that the display machine is scheduled to launch in 2024.

The electric hot-hatch is the brainchild of the German firm’s R Performance division. It is intended to reinforce the link between successful Id. Record-breaking prototype And Volkswagen’s significant new ID road car range.

Volkswagen’s development head Frank Walsh said the ID.3 R is “something we’re looking at”. He said: “I like the idea, but we have to decide if the market is ready to accept such a model.”

Walsh said the proposed R model would sit at the top of the ID.3 line-up and may be the only pure performance version.

Volkswagen’s planned electric-specific performance badge, the GTX, will not be used on the ID.3, as it is reserved for cars with twin-motor, four-wheel-drive powertrains. While it will fit the larger ID.4 SUV, the ID.3 is being launched only with a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive setup.

“ID.3 can accept four-wheel drive, although it is unlikely to get it during the first generation,” Welsh told Autocar UK. “There will be no GTX variant, but we are not yet deciding on the rear-wheel-drive R variant.” Last year, Welsh stated that such a car would “require a performance e-motor and four-wheel drive”.

The ID.3 offers the most powerful 204hp in the launch model, although the planned R model is expected to have at least 304hp. However, by 20.3 the possible performance in the EV.3 R was possible due to possible developments in EV technology.

R chief Jost Capito recently told Autocar UK that it is working with Volkswagen’s motorsport arm to see what technology from the batteries used in the ID R can apply to road cars.

ID 3 to come in September despite software issues

The final stages of development of ID3 have been badly hit by software issues, but the new Volkswagen CEO Ralph Brandstatter confirmed that deliveries will begin in Europe and the UK in early September.
However, early limited-edition first models will arrive without many software features. These include augmented reality functions for the car’s head-up display and some features of App Connect, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

A free software update will be offered as soon as the system becomes available. Until the system is fully ready, early purchasers may choose to delay the receipt of their ID3.

The ID3 will eventually be sold with three battery capacities and two power outputs. The first version, which was introduced for those pre-booking a car, will use a mid-size 58kWh battery for an estimated range of 420 km. It will have a top speed of 204hp, 310Nm and 160kph.

More ID models also work

The next ID model from VW is set to be ID4 which will debut later this year in August. The electric SUV will showcase the exterior dimensions of the soon-to-be second-generation Tiguan and offer seating for up to five.

Two versions will be offered: a standard model with an upright tailgate and a sportier version with an emphasis on versatility and a coupe-like profile, possibly using cross suffixes.

At launch, the ID.4 will be exclusively rear-wheel drive, offering single electric motors up to 204hp and 310Nm. A more powerful, four-wheel-drive GTX model driving two motors with a combined 306hp and 450Nm will join the line-up within the first 12 months of sales.

The ID4 will be sold with a battery of up to 83kW, with a range of up to 500 km. All models will also charge up to 125kW.

Autocar UK has also been told by sources that the development of a production version of ID Roomz, ID Buzz and ID Visian Concepts to make its debut by the end of 2022 is already progressing well with all three sets.

The work ‘ID entry’ is also advanced on the small car, named ID.1. Positioned as the successor to the Volkswagen E-Up, Seat Mii Electric and Skoda Citigo-E iV, it is due to enter production by 2023.

It was originally planned to have its own low-cost platform and electric drivetrain developed by Seat and Volkswagen Group’s Chinese partner, JAC Automobile, but the development has been taken in-house at Volkswagen.

Also under development, but not yet confirmed, is the production version of Confidential ID Ruggedz. Land Rover’s Defender-esque off-roader is part of an ‘icon project’ to establish “a line of ID models with similar and classless properties as the Beetle”.

The Mercedes-Benz EQB is conceived to compete, with rugged styling hints and a choice of five or seven seats. Sources say the range-topping ID Ruggedz model will have a twin-motor, four-wheel-drive powertrain. In 2025 the ID Ruggedz is expected to record production in 2023 as part of a 30-strong Volkswagen SUV line-up. The all-electric range is expected to come to India sometime with the arrival of the ID.4 SUV next year. EV was displayed as ID in pre-production form. Cruise at Auto Expo 2020.

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