WOLFSBURG -- Volkswagen's ID3 full-electric car will take a big leap in quality when the face-lifted version of EV is unveiled in the spring.
The compact hatchback, which went on sale in Europe in 2019 as the first of VW's new generation of MEB-based battery-powered cars, gets a much-upgraded interior after criticism that the current model's cabin looks "cheap and uninspired."
The ID3's exterior gets a modest upgrade. At the front, the hood is significantly longer and has two distinctive contours familiar from the Golf instead of the previously smooth surface.
The face-lift also eliminates what was probably the biggest design sin of the current ID3 -- the wide black band between the hood and the windshield. The feature was widely criticized.
VW has listened to its customers, the brand's sales chief Imelda Labbe told Automotive News Europe sister publication Automobilwoche during an exclusive preview of the face-lifted car at the automaker's headquarters in Wolfsburg.
The ID3's design is "more grown-up and the materials in the interior are of higher quality," Labbe said. "The new ID3 confirms our claim to value, design and sustainability.