• Volkswagen is now taking pre-bookings for its upcoming ID electric hatchback, which was revealed on Wednesday as the ‘ID.3’.

    With pricing and specifications still not confirmed and just a camouflaged prototype being shown off on VW’s website hub, eager customers are now able to pay a fully-refundable £750 deposit to reserve them access to the "priority ordering window" to purchase a ‘1st’ Edition ID.3 in early 2020. VW have said more than 10,000 registrations were received throughout Europe during the first 24 hours. Deliveries of these launch models are expected in Summer 2020.

    The 1st Edition model will sit in the middle of the ID.3’s range of trim levels and is claimed to have approximately 260 miles (WLTP) of range and 110kW fast charging as standard.

    The  3 uses Volkswagen Group’s modular ‘MEB’ platform and although the car be will the same size as a Golf on the outside, the longer wheelbase offered by the platform will make for a roomier interior which will be more similar in size to a Passat.

    More details on the ID.3 are expected at the reveal of the production version at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Volkswagen is also set to unveil a concept version of the ID.1 at this show, which will be the companies mass-market, affordable ‘people’s car’ in the all-electric ID. range, with prices expected to start at less than £18,000.

 

  • Pricing and specs have been announced the Mercedes-Benz EQC, the first fully-electric vehicle from Mercedes-Benz’s new EQ brand.

    Available to order now, prices start at £65,640 OTR for the EQC 400 4MATIC Sport. All cars in the range are powered by an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery which has a range of 259 miles (WLTP) and an output of 408 hp and 765 Nm of torque. It can travel from 0 to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds and has a top speed of 111 mph. First deliveries are expected in July this year.

 

  • Skoda is set to unveil a revised version of the Superb at the end of the month and has teased a design sketch of the car, which shows off revised lights and bumpers.

    Alongside the usual petrol and diesel offerings, the new Superb will be the first Skoda available with a plug-in hybrid engine and similarly to the recently launched Scala , the revised Superb will feature the ‘SKODA’ in letters across the boot lid, in place of the brand’s logo.

 

  • Honda has announced the production version of the ‘E Prototype’ will be simply called the Honda ‘e’ and will be available for reservation this Summer. The Honda e is expected to officially go on sale at the start of 2020 and offer an electric range of more than 125 miles (WLTP) and feature a 30-minute charge time to get the battery to 80%.

    In related news, Honda has also announced the next-generation Jazz will be available with a hybrid powertrain derived from the new CR-V. More information on the new Jazz will be released when the car is unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show later this year.