Volkswagen’s new line up of electric vehicles from the I.D. line is coming very soon. In fact, the first model is all set to make its debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show later this year. Called the ID.3, the German automaker has recently released new information about their new purpose-built EV, and even opened up pre-orders for customers in Europe.

ID.3 is Volkswagen’s most important car after the Beetle and Golf image

To start: the name. Originally called the I.D. back in 2016, Volkswagen has changed the models’ name to ID.3. The name change isn’t random as ID.3 has a significant meaning to the automaker. According to VW, the company only had two chapters so far, despite its long history. The first was when they introduced the original Beetle and the second came with the launch of the Golf. Now, the ID.3 essentially marks the third chapter and the next big step for Volkswagen.

The ID.3 will sit on a new electric and modular MEB platform which will be used by other VW EVs. It will be offered in three variants, with each having a different battery pack. The smallest pack features a 45kWh battery which provides 330km of range. The medium size battery pack option has a capacity of 58kWh which provides 420 km of range. The largest pack, a 77kWh unit, gets up to 550km. Volkswagen has yet to announce further powertrain details but we can expect them to be fully revealed once the car debuts later this year. 

ID.3 is Volkswagen’s most important car after the Beetle and Golf image

Design-wise, the ID.3 is still mostly covered in camouflage. However, it does seem Volkswagen has remained faithful to the concept’s original design of being a compact hatchback from the full-width LED headlights down to the fan-shaped wheels. Probably the biggest difference between the I.D. and ID.3 would have to be the new lower air intake, traditional door handles, and side mirrors.

Volkswagen plans to deliver over 100,000 units of the ID.3 per year once production starts. Now, let’s wait to see whether the ID.3 will be as influential as the Beetle and Golf that came before it.