VW ID.3 GTX: What we know about Wolfsburg’s hot hatch [Update]

  • VW ID.3-based hot hatch formally confirmed for launch
  • Pure-electric alternative to the Golf R should go on sale in Europe next year
  • To sport an additional motor spinning the front wheels for more power & grip
  • New steering wheel with physical controls & leather-free interior to be available

Update: ‘Updated design & new features’ section added.

The ID X concept, Volkswagen’s first hot hatch concept, was unveiled in May 2021. While the car was claimed to be a one-off at the time, Ralf Brandstätter, the former Volkswagen CEO, said the company would use ideas from the project for a production model.

Confirmation

At IAA 2021, Brandstätter said the ID X would be produced as the VW ID.3 GTX. “Fun to drive is an aspect of mobility,” Brandstätter told Autocar, announcing the arrival of the electric ID.-based hot hatch. The new go-fast hatchback will not be the same as the former Volkswagen CEO’s ID X concept, but it will serve as inspiration for an all-wheel-drive ID.3.

On June 15, 2022, Dr Silke Bagschik, Head of Sales and Marketing for the ID. family, Volkswagen, formally confirmed the VW ID.3 GTX launch. The ID.3 GTX will join the ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX in the brand’s performance EV range.

We will continuously expand this brand and offer a GTX variant for every ID. model in future – from the ID.3 to the ID. Buzz.

Dr Silke Bagschik, Head of Sales and Marketing for the ID. family, Volkswagen (Updated ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX announcement on June 15, 2022)
Volkswagen ID X Concept interior
The VW ID. 3 GTX has formally received the green signal for launch. Image: LinkedIn/Ralf Brandstätter

VW ID X concept

Brandstätter revealed a few details about the VW ID X concept on LinkedIn in 2021. The EV offers a significant upgrade in specs over the ID.3. The ID X adds a front motor to the ID.3, giving it AWD capability. The front motor generates 128 hp, and with a total power of 329 hp, the modified ID.3 gets even more powerful than the ID.4 GTX. The concept car is 200 kg lighter than the ID.3, which allows it to go from 0 to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds.

Volkswagen ID X Concept steering wheel and accents
The VW ID.3 GTX will be tuned for 293 bhp, the same as the ID.4 GTX, according to an Autocar UK report. Image: LinkedIn/Ralf Brandstätter

Drift mode is also available on the ID X, just like on the Golf R. A lowered suspension arrangement and prominent alloy wheels with low-profile tires are other modifications to the electric vehicle. The exterior and interior have been painted in matte black with neon green accents. The dashboard has been altered, and Alcantara-covered sports seats have been installed. Volkswagen will ensure that customers would access more power and feel that they’re in a sportier EV.

Updated design & new features

Volkswagen plans to launch the GTX variant of the ID.3 after giving the base hatch a facelift in spring 2023. The ID.3 GTX will arrive at dealers in the updated avatar, featuring modifications to the ID X concept revealed in spring 2021. Volkswagen has released teasers of the refreshed ID.3 with some details of the changes that are planned.

Imelda Labbé, BoM member – Sales, Marketing and After Sales, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, says the new ID.3 will have a matured design and upgraded interior materials. Standard equipment will also be better, including a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a removable luggage compartment floor, and two cup holders in the center console. Plug & Charge, Travel Assist with Swarm Data, and the Park Assist Plus with Memory Function will also make the new model more attractive than the model it replaces.

2023 VW ID.3 facelift interior dashboard rendering
Volkswagen is improving the ID.3’s quality and features which will also benefit the GTX variant. Pictured is TopElectricSUV’s rendering of the 2023 ID.3’s interior.

Volkswagen has decided to trim the new steering wheel with a high-quality leather substitute. The updated car, including the GTX variant, won’t contain animal-derived materials in the interior. Additionally, the new ID.3 should get a new steering wheel with physical controls instead of touch-control buttons. The new steering wheel would be more suitable for the performance-oriented ID.3 GTX.

Expectations from the VW ID.3 GTX

Brandstätter did not reveal any significant information about the car’s production version. An Autocar report from January 24, 2022, says that the VW ID.3 GTX will be tuned for 293 bhp, the same as the ID.4 GTX. It suggests that Volkswagen will utilize the dual-motor arrangement from the ID.4 GTX to make the VW ID.3 GTX a genuine all-wheel-drive hot hatchback.

Despite having less power than the SUV, the hot hatch will outperform because of being lighter and more aerodynamic. The SUV promises to reach 62 mph in 6.2 seconds, although the ID.3 GTX could be closer to 6 seconds. The top speed could be higher than the ID.4 GTX, which can touch 112 mph. The standard ID.3 is available with three battery options (45 kWh, 58 kWh, and 77 kWh). The VW ID.3 GTX is expected to come with a 77 kWh battery pack with a range of 311 miles.

Volkswagen ID X Concept headlamp
The ID X concept features manganese gray and neon striping, whereas the ID.3 GTX is expected in a milder dual-tone combination. Image: LinkedIn/Ralf Brandstätter

Release Date

The VW ID.3 GTX could debut and go on sale in the second half of 2023.

No GTX models for the U.S.

Volkswagen doesn’t plan to offer the ID.4 GTX in the U.S. However, it does provide similar performance in the ID.4 with an AWD configuration as an option. Unlike the GTX, the ID.4 AWD does without the sporty styling. While the ID.4 GTX provides a range of 509 km (316 miles) on the WLTP cycle, the ID.4 AWD can travel up to 255 miles as per EPA.

Volkswagen will not be introducing the ID.3 to the U.S. market, instead focusing on utility vehicles and sedans such as the ID.4, ID. Buzz, the upcoming Aero B sedan, and the ID.8 SUV.

MEB platform improvements

New MEB platform updates
Before VW Group transitions to future platforms like the SSP, expect significant upgrades to the MEB Platform. Image: Dr Silke Bagschik/VW Group

At the UBS Paris Electric Car Day on April 12, 2022, Bagschik explained the next enhancements to the VW MEB platform to ensure that it is future-ready.

The EVs based on the updated MEB platform will be able to accelerate from 0-62 mph in about 5.5 seconds. The driving range of MEB platform-based EVs would increase to 435 miles, and their charging power input will increase to 200+ kW. Volkswagen is expected to get these done via software enhancements and hardware upgrades. For perspective, the U.S.-spec VW ID.4, based on the current generation of the MEB, offers 275 miles range on the EPA cycle with a peak charging rate of 170 kW. The VW ID.3 GTX may not be a range champion but would benefit from the acceleration and charging power upgrades.

Also Read: VW ID.3 SUV (ID.3 X) will compete with the Kona EV & Niro EV

TopElectricSUV says

The ID.3 GTX will be Volkswagen’s calling for hot hatch lovers to adopt electric mobility. Targeted at customers who’d have ordinarily chosen the Golf GTI or the Golf R, it must impress these driving enthusiasts with a potent powertrain that also allows quicker straight-line acceleration. Plus, for those concerned about post-purchase affordability, particularly due to rising fuel prices, there’d also be the added advantage of significantly lower running costs and cheaper maintenance.

VW ID.3 GTX FAQs

What is the VW ID.3 GTX release date?

The VW ID.3 GTX could reach dealers in the second half of 2023.

What will be the VW ID.3 GTX price?

The VW ID.3 GTX could cost around EUR 50,000 onwards.

Which models will be VW ID.3 GTX rivals?

The VW ID.3 GTX will compete with the upcoming MG4 EV Sport (unofficial name).

Featured image source: LinkedIn/Ralf Brandstätter