SAIC Volkswagen, Volkswagen Group’s joint venture with SAIC Motor, received approval this week by a Chinese ministry overseeing the auto industry to build the full-electric ID3 hatchback.
The EV, the VW brand’s third ID model produced in China, is 168 inches (4267 mm) long, 46 inches (1168 mm ) wide and 62 inches (1574 mm) tall, with a wheelbase of 109 inches (2768 mm), according to information the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology posted on its website.
It will be assembled at SAIC-VW’s Anting plant in Shanghai.
The ministry did not disclose information on the batteries used in the ID3.
The vehicle will join the ID4 crossover and ID6 SUV that VW is also building in China.
In late 2020, ID4 output began at both the Anting plant operated by SAIC VW and the Foshan plant overseen by FAW VW – VW Group’s partnership with China FAW Group.
The ID4 went on sale in China earlier this year.
The ID6 is also being built at the Anting and Foshan plants, which are dedicated to production of VW brand’s ID family of vehicles. It is expected to go on sale later this year.
The ID family products are based on VW Group’s newly developed EV platform known as MEB.