So while the new VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
(small n) is in fact new, it is still very much a Beetle. While the trademark round fenders are present and accounted for, the bubble roof that became a calling card of the New VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
(big N) has been flattened out into a roofline more reminiscent of the original Beetle. The result is a new C-pillar that's more faithful to the original and a more vertical rear hatch. Much like the distantly related Porsche Panamera
, not to mention the original Beetle, this means more usable headroom for rear Seat
passengers, something the New VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
There are other substantial aesthetic changes as well. The new nose is longer and flatter, again like the original, and drops down onto a lower fascia that incorporates just enough of the new Volkswagen
corporate grille to be recognizable. The headlights are, for the first time, bi-xenon HIDs with crescents of LED running lights framing their outboard edges. New running boards yet again hint at the original Beetle, while a wider rear hatch rectifies another New VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
shortcoming. An integrated spoiler is standard with the top-shelf engine.
If the 2012 VW VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
looks wider and lower, that's because it is. To make the car look more masculine and muscular, Volkswagen
widened the new VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
by 3.3 inches and lowered the overall height by half an inch. In another bonus for the rear Seat
passengers, the car has also been stretched six inches longer overall and the wheelbase is longer, though Volkswagen
didn't say by how much just yet. Optional 19-inch wheels, dual exhaust and a performance and handling package will further its sporty aspirations.
Providing the actual sportiness will be Volkswagen's well worn, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with its 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque fed to either a six-speed manual or a DSG six-speed dual-clutch automatic and Volkswagen's XDS electronic differential. The combination is good for 30 mpg highway, Volkswagen
says. For the fuel economy inclined, the 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder found in multiple VW offerings with 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque returns 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. The 2.5-liter inline-five hangs on as the entry-level engine but now produces 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual should return 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway while a six-speed auto should give 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.