New Bee­tle, Vento Al­ls­tar and Vento GT un­veiled

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Launch - - JAY WONG

VOLK­SWA­GEN Pas­sen­ger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has un­veiled its lat­est of­fer­ings, a 1.6-litre Vento Al­ls­tar, while a 1.2-litre tur­bocharged en­gine pow­ers the new Vento GT as well as two vari­ants of the new Bee­tle.

Prices for the new trio starts with the Vento Al­ls­tar at RM90,646, the Vento GT at RM98,461 and the lat­est Bee­tle from RM137,620 (all prices are on-the-road with GST with­out in­sur­ance).

All ve­hi­cles come with a five-year man­u­fac­turer’s war­ranty and a fiveyear road-side as­sist ser­vice.

Fol­low­ing the Polo Al­ls­tar’s launch last month, the Vento Al­ls­tar costs RM2,991 over the cur­rent Vento Com­fort­line at RM87,655.

Avail­able in ei­ther Candy White or Re­flex Sil­ver, the Al­ls­tar comes equipped with ad­di­tional kit worth RM7,000 that in­cludes alu­minium ped­als, MyVWDrive App con­nec­tiv­ity, black door strips, black trunk gar­nish, a boot lip spoiler and “Al­ls­tar” mark­ings on the leather seats, scuff plates, floor mats and B-pil­lar .

The new app has been de­signed to help users gain in­sight on car con­di­tion and per­for­mance, re­motely lo­cate ve­hi­cle, un­der­stand driv­ing style and im­prove fuel ef­fi­ciency and safety, track trip mileage, lo­cate near­est ser­vice cen­tre and alert emer­gency as­sis­tance in the event of an ac­ci­dent.

As for the new 1.2-litre (1,197cc) tur­bocharged Vento GT that’s also avail­able in the same colour op­tions, it costs RM3,841 over the Vento High­line and rolls on larger 16-inch Syenit wheels with 215/45 se­ries tyres.

In terms of ad­di­tional ac­ces­sories, VPCM val­ues it at RM9,000 and in­cludes alu­minium ped­als, roof and side mir­rors in Black 3M sticker as well as a “GT” body kit, and the “GT” nomen­cla­ture at the rear, side scuff plates, floor mats and leather seats.

The new Bee­tle, with a choice of seven colours of Blue Silk, Ha­banero Orange, Tor­nado Red/Black roof, White Sil­ver, Tor­nado Red, Dark Bronze and Pure White, is priced at RM136,888 for the De­sign Pack­age and RM147,888 for the range-top­ping Sport Pack­age.

Both vari­ants use the same 1.2litre tur­bocharged TSI en­gine pro­duc­ing 105PS from 5,000 to 5,500rpm and 175Nm of torque from 1,400 to 4,000rpm, while mated to a seven-speed di­rect shift gear­box (DSG).

The De­sign Pack­age in­cludes elec­tron­i­cally ad­justable fold­able and heated ex­te­rior mir­rors with in­te­grated turn sig­nal, front fog lights with static cor­ner­ing lights, halo­gen head­lights, and 16-inch Whirl wheels with 215/60 se­ries tyres.

In­side, there’s a match­ing body-colour dash pad, cen­tre con­sole in Plat­inum Grey Metal­lic, electro-me­chan­i­cal speed-sen­si­tive power steer­ing, key­less-en­try, front cen­tre arm-rest and a man­ual dim­ming mir­ror.

Also, there’s man­ual cli­mate con­trols, “Pepita” fab­ric seat up­hol­stery and an eight-speaker sound sys­tem con­nected to a 5.8-inch touch­screen Composition Colour dis­play with ra­dio/CD/MP3 play­back, USB port, SD Card slot and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity.

As for the Sport Pack­age, there’s now App Con­nect, Bi-Xenon head­lights with LED day­time run­ning lights, dual-zone Cli­ma­tronic cli­mate con­trols, cruise con­trols, front sports seats in Vi­enna leather, pad­dle-shifters and a larger 6.5-inch Composition Me­dia and added AUXIN port and iPod/iPhone in­ter­face.

In terms of safety, both vari­ants re­ceive four airbags, an­tilock brak­ing sys­tem with brake as­sist, an­ti­skid reg­u­la­tor, brake-pad wear in­di­ca­tor, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, hill-start as­sist and ISOFIX an­chor points.

“With the new Bee­tle, the Al­ls­tar se­ries and the Vento GT, our cus­tomers now have an even wider ar­ray of prod­ucts from Volk­swa­gen in time for the up­com­ing Raya fes­tiv­i­ties,” said VPCM man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Erik Win­ter.

At present VPCM is of­fer­ing up to RM21,000 of Duit Raya for six of their mod­els, start­ing with the Tiguan (RM5,000) Polo (RM7,000), Jetta (RM10,000), Vento (RM11,000), Pas­sat (RM15,000) and Golf (RM21,000).

In ad­di­tion, new own­ers of the Vento and Pas­sat will be en­ti­tled to five years of free main­te­nance.

The lo­cally-as­sem­bled Vento is cur­rently avail­able in three trims - the en­try-level Trend­line (RM80,655), mid-range Com­fort­line (RM87,655) and the range-top­ping High­line (RM94,620).

Next to make its de­but will be the Jetta Al­ls­tar.

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