New Beetle spied almost undisguised

6 Oct, 2010 1:49pm Tom Phillips

VW’s new Beetle caught testing ahead of its debut next year.

The Beetle is back! These are the first pictures of the all-new Beetle which VW is readying for next year. The newcomer will debut at the LA Show in November, go on sale here in the Spring and share its platform with the new Jetta. The Beetle and Jetta will be built in the same VW plant in Mexico.  

VW will attempt to broaden the appeal of the Beetle this time around, by giving it a more masculine look. Slightly longer and lower than the current model, like the Beetle Ragster concept shown at Detroit five years ago, the new car will feature a more angular roof, which also liberates more rear-seat space.

The mule pictured here features the front and rear end of the current car, but expect a slightly edgier treatment for the lights and bumpers when the new car arrives next year. A cabriolet version will be offered in 2012.

Under the bonnet, the Beetle is being engineered for downsized engines in Europe, including 105bhp 1.2-litre, a 160bhp 1.4-litre and 210bhp 2.0-litre petrols and new 105bhp 1.6-litre and 140bhp 2.0-litre TDIs. In the US, the 170bhp 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine continues.

A hybrid version may also happen, using the drivetrain which debuted in the Jetta NCC concept at this year’s Detroit show which mated a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with a 27bhp electric motor.

 

 

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always wondered what a 2 door PT Cruiser would look like?

FUGLY! FUGLY! FUGLY!

Same mistake as before the engine on the front.

VW's two-door version of the Porsche Panamera and has about as much - aka little - style.

This looks like a total pastiche designed for the US market. For shame, Volkswagen!

The legendary VW Beetle is back! And autoexpress.co.uk has the incredible first pictures which reveal the look of the all-new model in glorious detail. With a tough looking bodykit, it’s supposed to be more masculine than before ...
What absolute twaddle - who writes this stuff?

will sell in bucketloads

Seriously VW, what is going on?? it is almost like the recession has hit their design department, not cutting the costs but cutting the flare in design!! Nice to see that the US gets a 2.5 V5 engine....WHY? aren’t they supposed to be cutting down on engine sizes/CO2??

ooops menat 5 cylinder not V5!!! D'oh!

From the side, this new Beetle resembles a dog depositing its waste, which would also resemble the new Beetle.
The Beetle-esque shape does not lend itself to a masculine treatment, VW should have left well alone.

....a sirocco that's melted
....a crossfire that's melted
....a bowler hat

Take one Mk 1 re-bodied Golf, tack on the back of a PT Cruiser, bend it around a bit (but not too much) and what do you get? A very ugly car indeed. Can this be the same company that designed the delectable Scirocco?

VW/Audi are flogging their existing designs to death. How many more me too cars are we going to have.

Even the new Merc CLS looks like a pale pastiche of its' predecessor.

And BMW needs a new direction, too. Witness the 'new' 6 series.

AT least the Koreans are pushing the boundaries of design - and they are starting to get it right, now.

Looks like the previous model that has been put i a crusher.
Style over substance.

Why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why?

taaudi ...... whats the difference between 5 cylinder and a V5 or whats the difference between a 6 cylinder & a V6??? According to you to you i guess a V5 is a 5 Valve i guess since you corrected a perfectly fine comment from yourself and made it incorrect. Like they say 1st answer is always the best.

I wasn't even interested in reading about this beetle in fact i didn't read the review. I just like to read people wacky comments, who just like me don't even like the car in the 1st place but just curious to see what it looks like.

If God is listening......plz plz plz make someone there at AutoExpress hear my prayers about having a "reply" to email when someone makes a comment on your comment. It so useless to make a comment and there's no way you can follow up on your comment unless you particularly search for this review. Its 2010 going to 2011....jeesh, look at facebook as an example on how to keep these tread lines more involved and interesting. At the moment, its wild and random, nobody is talking to anyone just a bunch of deaf ears including Autoexpress website managers coz they not working to better the site. Sorry i take that back.....Congrats once more for fixing the logon bugs! ;-)

If Volkswagon wants to invoke a new design on the shape of the old Bug, the first thing Volkswagon must do is to be truthful, --and this new design is not truthful-- It is not, because Volkswagon is faking a shape on us. IT IS AN ARTIFICIAL SHAPE. The Old Bug had a slanted front because there was no engine on the front providing no air resistance; the engine was on the back. THEN FORM FOLLOWED FUNCTION. Now, the engine is on the front, and there is no need to slant the front. IT IS A FAKED DESIGN FROM THE START.

Horrible!! its a shame, I hope this is to make us ungry or to distract us!!!

I always (yeah, right!) wondered what the current model Beetle would look like after a botox job. Now I know and it ain't good.

VW aren't the only people designing (if that's the right word) ugly or simply boring cars. If this trend continues, no-one will be buying car magazines as it will be bad enough having to look at these things, occasionally, on the street!

An body got anything good to say, about anything, ever?

I bet Stephen Fry buys one! Looks like a black cab!

Good VW, you figured it out that you have to sell it to the guys also, not just gays - thank you.

In black it looks dull but some gangsters will buy it no probs. I will have white one, thanks.

Ok, now when you are back on track with design, which is MUCH more towards old classic look than actual model right now, I hope you will not rush it into production until it's test to be bullet proof.

Also, is there ANY way to make it sound like old good beetle? Could you tweak something under hood or in exhaust system please please?

Those wheels are making this model dull.. I would like to see some extra alloys that really suit beetle arches and roofline - be brave in alloys collection so we don't have to go aftermarkets.

One more... once you buy beetle and it proves to be lovely and reliable, you want to keep it forever (I know it, my grandfather was crazy about his beetles) but do think 21 centuryish and provide 20gb flash drive for music library and navi maps with some 4" screen and all worlds plugs - you know the stuff for MP3 players, but make sure it's MP7 compatible so we don't have to sell it away in 10 years :)

I don't think it looks too bad, it is recogisable as a Beetle, job done. But for all those people out here who don't like it . . . "What word fits perfectly infront of Bug?." "Ugly." Have a Ball with that one!.

Plus the idling sound has to be a cross between a sewing machine and a lawn mower otherwise what is the point. Bolt on mudguards also are essential. The 4 speed ditto.
I bought my first VW1500( new ) for 650 quid in 67 and my last Beetle a 79 convertible ( new ) for $8600 (cdn). I seem to remember VW saying at the time they were losing 5 thousand bucks on every vehicle they sold in N. America and this was when they were still being built in Germany.
Exactly how much would an old style Beetle assembled in Mexico really cost VW to produce today. Come on own up VW.
I sure ain't ever buying a " new " bogus-bug.

It was 8600 canadian bucks including tax.

...People quote Clarkson claiming it as their own, thinking they're oh so clever and witty. "Dog depositing its waste" - ORIGINALITY PLEASE.

kevolution1....... sorry for the confussion, just keeping with the terminology, that's all!!

I never claimed the dog dumping line as my own, but I thought it apt considering the shape of the back of the new Beetle is similar in curvature to that of the Chrysler Crossfire, the car Clarkson referred to in that way.
Also, I should be delighted to hear your clever wit and originality on the matter of the Beetle, or are you merely a keyboard warrior who gets his kicks from criticising others while lacking the talent to produce a review of his own?

VW had missed the boat with the new Beetle.

They should have launched different variations of the car when the Beetle was launched in 98/99.

More than 10 years on, the hype for the car had died, there are cars that stir the emotions and nostalgia greater than the Beetle.

Look at the rehash of the Mini, with the Clubman and now the Countryman. Just as the current BMW Mini was saturating the mkt and every Tom, Dick and Harry driving one, variations start to appear to keep the brand fresh & bring extra revenue for BMW.

Citroen - take note.....the 2CV could do the same what Mini has done for BMW.

Not surprised by the sameness of this "new" Beetle. VW are rather bland these days, same as the people who drives them.........the brand is more Pikey than ever.

VW had missed the boat with the new Beetle.

They should have launched different variations of the car when the Beetle was launched in 98/99.

More than 10 years on, the hype for the car had died, there are cars that stir the emotions and nostalgia greater than the Beetle.

Look at the rehash of the Mini, with the Clubman and now the Countryman. Just as the current BMW Mini was saturating the mkt and every Tom, Dick and Harry driving one, variations start to appear to keep the brand fresh & bring extra revenue for BMW.

Citroen - take note.....the 2CV could do the same what Mini has done for BMW.

Not surprised by the sameness of this "new" Beetle. VW are rather bland these days, same as the people who drives them.........the brand is more Pikey than ever.

VW had missed the boat with the new Beetle.

They should have launched different variations of the car when the Beetle was launched in 98/99.

More than 10 years on, the hype for the car had died, there are cars that stir the emotions and nostalgia greater than the Beetle.

Look at the rehash of the Mini, with the Clubman and now the Countryman. Just as the current BMW Mini was saturating the mkt and every Tom, Dick and Harry driving one, variations start to appear to keep the brand fresh & bring extra revenue for BMW.

Citroen - take note.....the 2CV could do the same what Mini has done for BMW.

Not surprised by the sameness of this "new" Beetle. VW are rather bland these days, same as the people who drives them.........the brand is more Pikey than ever.

it's still an epic fail for VW. How hard can it be to take a few back issues of VolksWorld magazine and flick through the pages for design inspiration??
But that would not be 'playing it safe', if people wanted practicality then they would by a golf, audi etc. but they have picked a beetle because they either love the old beelte or want to stand out (and sacrifice practicality). I agree with Scott1234 that VW need to introduce more variations, or at least special editions (not just a different set of alloys!) to keep it looking fresh.

Almost undisguised eh?
You would have to have been down a mine for 60 years not to twig what this is.
Who will care where the engine is? Up front and pulling is good for most people for their daily driver.

If VW wanted a quirky car that would appeal to the masculine market, they should have designed one not taken what had appeal and durability and turned it into a heavy frumpy matron that shouldn't appeal to anyone.

IS IT PREGNANT

Crap

Crap

old adolf must be proud as punch his creation is as ugly as he was.. Only good thing about the beetle is Herby..

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