Beetle back to ba­sics

VW is re­cap­tur­ing the Beetle’s orig­i­nal spirit, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

NOW this is more like it. Volk­swa­gen is near a fi­nal sign-off on the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of its New Beetle and the car, caught by Carparazzi, looks to have an­swered most of the com­plaints of about the born-again orig­i­nal.

It has more space, more el- egance, and is more faith­ful to the 1940s orig­i­nal — which sur­vived into the 1980s — than the New Beetle. The orig­i­nal come­back car was n o t h i n g more than a Volk­swa­gen Golf with a Beetle-ish body on top, a lay­out that gave a peo­ple-mover-style driv­ing pos- ition and lit­tle space in the back seat or boot.

The next Beetle is com­ing in 2012 and the Ca­parazzi pic­tures show a test car with the pro­duc­tion cabin lay­out, but with mod­i­fied front and rear pan­els to give it some dis­guise.

Carparazzi sources say the next Beetle will grow in length but will be lower than to­day’s car.

The Ger­man maker is ex­pected to carry over the en­gine line-up found in the Jetta, in­clud­ing a base 2.0-litre, four-cylin­der petrol en­gine, an op­tional 2.5-litre five­cylin­der petrol en­gine, the 2.0-litre tur­bocharged TSI en­gine for those look­ing for sport, a 2.0-litre TDI diesel for those look­ing for a blend of longevity and fuel econ­omy, and per­haps even a hy­brid model as well.

For the lat­est carparazzi scoops go to www.cars­guide.com.au

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