Beetle back to basics
VW is recapturing the Beetle’s original spirit, writes Paul Gover
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.
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