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.