Volkswagen revealed that its Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet range will be revived by offering new models to the line-up. It will include the classic production version with new personalization options, Beetle Exclusive, and a special model dubbed as Denim. Indeed, it’s a treat for any Beetle lover.
This tradition, with its own lifestyle story, is expected to move forward. Take the Beetle for example, while it remains to be one of the brand’s emotional models, it will now be equipped with a host of new features. In terms of paint finish for example, two will be offered (Bottle Green Metallic and White Silver Metallic). Volkswagen will also be offering the Basic and Design trim line wherein its bumpers have been redesigned to make it sportier by having a flatter appearance.
Meanwhile the R-Line equipment line, which was previously known as the Beetle Sport, has modified bumpers fixed to it. Helping add dynamics is the ventilation opening that has been placed on top of the bumper. Both the R-Line and the Design Line are offering options, some of which are unique. These include the 17-inch Philadelphia wheels, the 18-inch Ravenna Adamantium wheels, and the tinted rear lights the use LED.
Continuing with these two trims, the interior exhibits a new dial and a restyled dashpad while the instrument panel’s lighting is now brighter. This combination gives the interior of this Volkswagen model that pleasant glow. There are other customization options being offered which gives the interior more color. The brand has created an updated style package that is offered with three new upholstery materials.
By having the center console come with a colored paint finish, it allows for individual accents. Then there is the Black Style Package where the mirror caps, the wheels, and even the roof, are all finished in black paint.
Volkswagen will be offering the new edition Beetle as a Cabriolet and Coupé with equipment lines under Basic, Design and the R-Line. Much like in the past, there will also be a selection of five power units that range from versions that offer 77 kW (105 PS) to models that deliver 162 kW (220 PS) with two being efficient diesels while the three are petrol types. Even with all of these upgrades, the price remains the same as the Cabriolet coming in at €22,800.
The Coupé with the TSI 1.2 l engine capable of delivering 77 kW (105 PS) is priced starting at €18,375. Aside from the different personalization options, Volkswagen will be offering the Denim special model. Based on the 1974 Jeans Beetle, the most dominant qualities of this special model are that it is trendy, authentic, and sporty. It even manages to get that extraordinary jeans look especially with that paint finish known as Stonewashed Blue Metallic.
A special feature of this Denim model is its set of Circle 17-inch wheels finished in Dark Graphite and that comes with a chrome cap. Another special feature is the jeans-colored convertible roof. The denim style observed in the exterior can be seen in its interior as well. Examples include the sports seats that have blue covers and storage pockets styled like jeans. Helping set a sporty and contemporary accent to the interior is the aluminium-blue matt-coloured dashpad. With an entry-level engine, the Beetle Denim special model is priced starting at €23,600.
For those who prefer a version that has a sportier feel, the best option would be to have the upgraded R-Line interior package. This package however will only be available under the R-Line equipment line. It has the R-Line sport leather multi-function steering wheel with the head restraints and sill panel mouldings decorated with the R-Line logo. Still under the interior package, customers can have their textile seat covers in Vienna leather or Kyalami.
This interior package is priced at €895. Volkswagen will also be continuing the ALLSTAR special model with the company slated to start accepting orders toward the end of 2016. Entry-level price for the ALLSTAR is €22,775. What makes this special model different from the rest are the sill panel mouldings printed with the ALLSTAR lettering. There is also the Climatronic air conditioning system that offers a two-zone temperature control and the Linas-styled alloy 17-inch wheels.
Equipped with the ALLSTAR is the Composition Media radio system that includes the Discover Media navigation system. Finally there is the famous beetle compartment. Then there are the Beetle Exclusive and the Beetle Cabriolet Exclusive, special models that are based on two equipment lines: design and R-Line. Helping distinguish this special model are a number of features on the exterior like the Twister-styled alloy wheels that come in black and that have a bright machined surface.
There is also the wheel lock that helps deliver added anti-theft protection. Its interior is just as impressive with the dashpad in black, and the sill panel aluminum mouldings having the Volkswagen exclusive inscription. Meanwhile the side bolsters and the seat center panels have the Nappa leather finish.
One unique benefit of this special model is the use of Cool Leather. What happens is that even when exposed to sunlight, it continues to be supple and cool. What this means is that comfort is always guaranteed. Prices for the Beetle exclusive start at €24,200 with the Beetle Cabriolet Exclusive beginning at €28,550.