SAIC Volkswagen, Volkswagen Group’s joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp., received approval this week by a Chinese ministry overseeing the auto industry to build the VW-badged ID3.
The electric hatchback, the VW brand’s third ID model produced in China, is 168 inches long, 46 inches wide and 62 inches tall, with a wheelbase of 109 inches, 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 didn’t disclose information on the batteries used in the ID3.
The vehicle will join the ID4 crossover and ID6 SUV among the EVs VW is 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 Corp.
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.