De­sign changes

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

The Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle is a gen­uine mo­tor­ing icon. It’s one of a hand­ful of cars that, in the 20th Cen­tury, brought mo­tor­ing to the masses as more than 20 mil­lion ex­am­ples of the orig­i­nal Bee­tle were sold around the world.

When it was re­born in 1998 as the New Bee­tle, a fur­ther mil­lion sales brought the Bee­tle’s dis­tinc­tive char­ac­ter to a new gen­er­a­tion.

In 2011 the ‘ New’ tag was dropped and the Bee­tle was com­pre­hen­sively re­designed. Its new shape was lower and wider, with a longer bon­net, and the Bee­tle’s more sport­ing and mas­cu­line stance boosted its ap­peal all over again.

Now, this lat­est it­er­a­tion of per­haps the best loved Volk­swa­gen of all time is be­ing re­freshed, with changes that in­clude a more sculp­tured body and a fresh in­te­rior de­sign.

The styling en­hance­ments and new op­tions in­crease the ap­peal and value that is in­her­ent in the Bee­tle range, which is avail­able in coupe and cabri­o­let forms and, with the new Bee­tle Dune, as a cross­over.

The styling changes com­prise sharp­ened lines for the front bumpers, while larger open­ings around the in­di­ca­tor and fog light sur­rounds give ex­tra depth to the car’s ap­pear­ance.

Mean­while, the new Bee­tle R-Line trim has a more sporty bumper de­sign unique to that model. It fea­tures ex­tra air in­take open­ings along the up­per edge of the bumper.

On the in­side, the Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle’s dis­tinc­tive cabin has brighter in­stru­ment panel light­ing and new di­als and dash styling for the De­sign and R-Line mod­els. New upholstery ma­te­ri­als bring fur­ther styling op­tions.

In the new range the Bee­tle R- Line re­places the pre­vi­ous Sport trim level. The R-Line will be avail­able with Volk­swa­gen’s pow­er­ful 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS diesel en­gine and a choice of either six-speed man­ual or six-speed DSG trans­mis­sion.

The new Bee­tle R-Line also boasts sports sus­pen­sion, 18-inch ‘Twis­ter’ al­loy wheels, and the unique new R-Line bumper. It is also avail­able with a new al­loy wheel de­sign, the 18-inch ‘Ash­mie Adaman­tium’, at no ex­tra cost.

Which­ever wheels are cho­sen, the sporty fin­ish of the Bee­tle R-Line is en­hanced fur­ther with a body-coloured rear dif­fuser and chromed twin ex­hausts.

And the R- Line’s ex­te­rior styling is de­vel­oped with gloss black door mir­rors and door pro­tec­tors.

Favourite mo­tor­ing icon gets a fresh look

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