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VW ID.3 GTX front three quarter right side


The ID X concept, Volkswagen's first hot concept, was presented in May 2021. Almost three years later, the VW ID.3 GTX has arrived as its production version and will go on sale in European markets in the summer of 2024. 20% of ID.4 and ID.5 sales in the Old Continent come from their GTX variants, and the ID.3 performance variant also has the potential to be popular that way.

Design

The VW ID.3 GTX sports a diamond-style pattern on the glossy active grille. Image source: Volkswagen

The VW ID.3 GTX has clean versions of the style to look sporty, especially in the lower part around. At the front, it has a special bumper design with gloss black air arranged in a diamond pattern. The new daytime running lights consist of two LED triangles placed on top of each other, in an arrow shape, on the side of the grille.

On the sides, there's gloss black on the rims, roof trim, and mirror caps, as well as a special GTX badge on the front doors. The 20-inch Skagen GTX wheels separate the ID.3 GTX from the regular ID.3 to the larger level. As usual, they have a glossy black painted interior and bright diamond cut exterior surfaces. Volkswagen will give customers the option to specify it in black.

VW ID.3 GTX side profile
The VW ID.3 GTX will be available with 20-inch wheels in two different black colors. Image source: Volkswagen

At the rear, the ID.3 GTX repeats the diamond-style air intake pattern at the front on the fake splitter. In addition, the panel is finished in gloss black to add to the sporty look of the car. In addition to the turn signal function, the integrated lights feature an independent night light design with illuminated LED strips in the tailgate. Finally, this car has a GTX badge instead of ID.3 written on the tailgate.

Volkswagen will offer the ID.3 GTX in Kings red metallic, Grenadilla black metallic, Glacier white metallic, Moonstone gray, and Scale silver metallic colors. The company will sell it in standard and Performance trim and equip it with 215 and 235 grade tires, respectively.

VW ID.3 GTX in the back
The VW ID.3 GTX sports a faux diffuser on the rear bumper. Image source: Volkswagen

Inside

Inside, the VW ID.3 GTX features sports seats with red decorative stitching and GTX lettering. These seats are upholstered in new 'Lurus' fabric made from 100% recycled materials and ArtTex leatherette. ErgoActive seats with distinctive red seams and piping, integrated headrests, power adjustment, memory function, and adjustable thigh support will be available as an option. These seats will feature black ArtVelours Eco microfleece (comprising 71% recycled content) on the inside and leatherette on the outside.

Red stitching is present on the steering wheel, dashboard, and doors. The steering wheel is separated by a red marker at the six o'clock position and has chrome GTX lettering. The ID.3 GTX does not have the standard version's drive selector in the instrument cluster. Instead, it has a steering column shifter to select gears.

Also new on the ID.3 GTX is Volkswagen's new 12.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with illuminated touch sliders for AC and volume control. This program includes a new IDA voice assistant that can understand voice commands in natural language and respond using Wikipedia and ChatGPT.

VW ID.3 GTX infotainment system
The VW ID.3 GTX has a new gear selector and a new infotainment system for convenience. Image source: Volkswagen

Performance and Scope

The VW ID.3 GTX sports a new APP 550 engine on the rear axle. In standard trim, this car produces 210 kW (282 hp) and 545 Nm (402 lb.-ft.) of torque, allowing the car to hit 0 to 62 mph in six seconds flat. Top speed is electronically limited to 111 mph, a 12 mph improvement over the regular ID.3. In the Performance trim, the power increases to 240 kW (322 hp), but the torque remains the same – 545 Nm (402 lb.-ft.). The 0-62 mph sprint takes 5.6 seconds, and the car can continue to accelerate up to 124 mph (also electronically limited).

Made in Kassel, Germany, the APP 550 permanent magnet synchronous motor in the ID.3 GTX draws power from a new lithium-ion battery pack with a maximum energy storage capacity of 79 kWh. The new battery pack can accept charging up to 175 kW. Charging it from 10 to 80% takes about 26 minutes. Volkswagen estimates that the ID.3 GTX will deliver a WLTP range of around 600 km (373 miles).

Price

Prices for the VW ID.3 GTX in Germany should start around EUR 53,000 (USD 57,368).

There are no US GTX models

Volkswagen does not plan to offer the ID.4 GTX in the US However, it does offer the same performance in the ID.4 with an AWD configuration as an option. The company will not launch the Euro-focused ID.3 in the US market, instead building EV sales with utility vehicles and sedans such as the ID.4, ID. Buzz, ID.7 sedan, and ID.8 SUV.

Also read: VW ID.3 SUV (ID.3 X) to compete with Kona EV and Niro EV

TopElectricSUV says

The ID.3 GTX is Volkswagen's invitation to hot hatch lovers to use electric mobility. Aimed at customers who would normally opt for a Golf GTI or Golf R, it should impress driving enthusiasts with a powerful powertrain that allows for straight-line acceleration and comparable handling and engagement behind the wheel. Also, for those concerned about aftermarket affordability, especially due to rising fuel prices, there will be the added benefit of very low operating costs and cheap maintenance.

VW ID.3 GTX FAQs

What is the release date of the VW ID.3 GTX?

The VW ID.3 GTX could start reaching European dealers in the summer of 2024.

What will be the price of VW ID.3 GTX?

The VW ID.3 GTX can cost around EUR 53,000 (USD 57,368) onwards.

What are the competing brands of the VW ID.3 GTX?

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