WHEELS & DEALS: VW invites Irish orders for ID.3; plus news from Land Rover and Jaguar

Declan Colley reports on motor industry from manufacturers including VW, Land Rover and Jaguar
WHEELS  & DEALS: VW invites Irish orders for ID.3; plus news from Land Rover and Jaguar
Volkswagen has opened orders for Irish customers who have already pre-booked for the electric ID.3 1st Edition models.

Price points

Volkswagen has launched pricing for the much-anticipated electric ID.3 1st Edition models, which herald the beginning of the Volkswagen ID lineage, and opened orders for Irish customers who have already pre-booked their cars.

Irish customers are planned to start taking delivery of the car from September and pricing has been announced for the first three models of the ID.3: The 1st, the 1st Plus, and the 1st Max.

The 1st Edition of the ID.3 has the larger 58 kWh battery which is driven by an electric motor at the rear axle. It generates 150kW and delivers a maximum torque of 310Nm, enabling the ID.3 to accelerate to 60km/h in a very smart 3.4 seconds with a single gear. This larger battery also allows WLTP-measured ranges of 410km-424km on a single charge, depending on the ID.3 1st model selected.

Volkswagen will be offering these special edition models to the pre-bookers who placed a €1,000 reservation fee over the last few months.

The entry-level ID.3 1st costs €33,625 (VRT rebate is €5,000 available off the VRT for private and commercial use. SEAI grant is €5,000 available off the RRP for private use on all ID models) and includes a navigation system, a DAB+ digital radio, seat heating and steering wheel heating, fast charging with 100kW direct current (DC) or 11kW alternating current (AC) and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Standard features include ‘Light Assist’, natural voice control and ‘ID.light’ in the interior, and many more. It has a WLTP-measured range of 424km on a single charge.

The ID.3 1st Plus costs €40,595 and additionally features a rear-view camera system and the ‘Keyless Advanced’ keyless access locking and starting system. The vehicle interior of the ID.3 1st Plus also includes a centre console with two additional USB-C connections in the rear. Forming part of the exterior equipment are tinted windows, the exterior ‘Style’ package in silver, LED rear taillights with dynamic turn signal and 19-inch alloy wheels. It has a WLTP-measured range of 419km on a single charge.

The top-of-the-range version, the ID.3 1st Max costs €47,545, also includes an augmented reality head-up display (AR), two additional loudspeakers, a large panorama roof, as well as 20-inch wheels.

It has a WLTP-measured range of 410km on a single charge.

June 17 marked the priority ordering window for ID.3 1st pre-bookers, for a period of four weeks.

Would-be customers who placed a €1,000 reservation fee for their car, now have the opportunity to secure a 1st Edition within this four-week period.

Finally, for those pre-bookers who order their ID.3 1st within the four-week order window and take delivery in 2020, they will be eligible to join the ID.3 ‘1st Movers’ club.

These customers will receive financial incentives including the first three months’ finance payments free of charge. Customers who buy their car by cash or VWFS Hire Purchase will be eligible to receive a €1,000 contribution (including Vat) towards an ID.Charger Wallbox or alternatively, a free three-year service and maintenance plan.

Land Rover's new Defender takes the much-loved characteristics of the original and reimagines them for the 21st century.
Land Rover's new Defender takes the much-loved characteristics of the original and reimagines them for the 21st century.

Tough task

The car which some are saying is even better than the old one — the new Land Rover Defender — has arrived in Land Rover retailers across the country, giving Irish customers an opportunity to experience first-hand the most anticipated new car in a generation.

Although supporters of the old Defender will probably maintain it will never be surpassed in terms of go-anywhere ability, Land Rover admits it has a job on its hands to persuade them otherwise.

The company has defined all-terrain capability and toughness from the conception of its very first 4x4 and the original Series and Defender models have gone above and beyond for decades, securing iconic status.

Land Rover maintains, however, that the new Defender takes these much-loved characteristics and reimagines them for the 21st century.

With its distinctive silhouette and optimum proportions, the new Defender has toughness at its core and every detail of the exterior design has been creatively developed to re-enforce Defender’s DNA; sophisticated, durable and extremely tough: a vehicle design like no other.

The new Defender is available in perfectly proportioned 90 and 110 body designs, with six models available: Defender, S, SE, HSE, Defender X, and First Edition, with practical commercial models set to join the line-up later in the year. Irish customers will be able to test drive the Defender 110 this summer, with the Defender 90 arriving later this year.

Irish prices start from €68,160 for the Defender 110 2.0 SD4 AWD Auto model. The Defender 90 will start from €59,410.

Jaguar offers

Staying with JLR, Jaguar has announced details of new 202 offers across the special edition Chequered Flag range, offering monthly payments from €380.

With competitive 2.9% APR finance available across the XE, XF, E-PACE and F-PACE models, coupled with an optional 3-month payment holiday there has never been a better time to consider a new Jaguar.

Unique, premium design touches, and upgraded standard features across the Chequered Flag which are available with Jaguar’s powerful and efficient Ingenium diesel engines. The line-up includes the 180PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium engine on XE, XF and F-PACE models and the 150PS 2.0 litre four-cylinder Ingenium engine on E-PACE. All Jaguar cars come with a free Jaguar Care three-year service and warranty plan as standard.

The Jaguar Chequered Flag special editions are available now, priced from €37,870.

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