Volkswagen refreshes Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet range with new models

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 4, 2016

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.

Press Release

Volkswagen freshens up Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet

Volkswagen freshens up its range for the Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet and is now offering a bright bouquet of new models: from the classic production model with many new options for individualisation to the special model Denim and the Beetle Exclusive – there is a real treat in store for Beetle lovers.

A lifestyle story with tradition moves on. The Beetle, one of the most emotive sides of the Volkswagen brand, scores immediately with a number of new features. Gleaming paint finish options for the Beetle include "Bottle Green Metallic" and "White Silver Metallic". The bumpers (in the Basic & Design line) have also been redesigned and are now flatter and hence sportier. The R-Line equipment line (formerly Beetle Sport) is also fitted with further modified bumpers. An additional ventilation opening above the bumper indicates added dynamics. Other genuine highlights are the tinted LED rear lights and the 17-inch "Philadelphia" wheels as well as the 18-inch "Ravenna Adamantium" wheels, which are available as order options for the Design Line and R-Line.

Brighter instrument panel lighting, a new dial and dashpad styling for the Design Line and R-Line bring an added glow to the interior of the cult Volkswagen model. Further individualisation options comprise three new upholstery materials and contemporary style packages that introduce even more colour to the interior. A coloured paint finish for the centre console is one particular way of setting individual accents. In contrast, the "Black Style Package" delivers wheels, mirror caps and roof with a black paint finish.

The new edition of the Beetle is available as a Coupé1 and a Cabriolet2 in the equipment lines of Basic, Design and R-Line. As before, the choice of power units ranges from models with 77 kW / 105 PS up to 162 kW / 220 PS, encompassing three strong petrol engines and two efficient diesels.

Despite the update, prices have not changed and in the case of the Coupé start from €18,375 for the 1.2 l TSI engine with 77 kW/105 PS. Prices for the Cabriolet start at €22,800.

Denim special model

The name says it all in the features for this special model. The new Beetle special model "Denim" now launching is based on the "Jeans Beetle" from 1974. Authentic, trendy and sporty are the overriding characteristics of this model with a "Stonewashed Blue Metallic" paint finish, which lend it an exceptional jeans look. The jeans-coloured convertible roof and 17-inch "Circle" wheels in "Dark Graphite" paint finish with chrome cap are truly special features. Denim style is also reflected in the interior. Sport seats with blue covers and storage pockets in jeans style as well as an aluminium-blue matt-coloured dashpad set modern and sporty accents. The Beetle Denim special model starts at €23.600 with the entry-level engine specification.

For those who like it sportier: the R-Line interior package

The updated Beetle R-Line interior package is available as an option for the R-Line equipment lines. This package includes R-Line logos on the sill panel mouldings and on the head restraints as well as an R-Line multifunction sport leather steering wheel. The R-Line interior package can be ordered with "Kyalami" design textile seat covers or in "Vienna leather". The entry-level price for the R-Line interior package is €895.

The successful special model ALLSTAR is continued

By the end of 2016, the special model "ALLSTAR" will again be available for order at an entry-level price of €22,775. This special model is characterised by sill panel mouldings with the "ALLSTAR" lettering, the 17-inch alloy wheels in "Linas" styling, Climatronic air conditioning system with two-zone temperature control, the Composition Media radio system incl. navigation system "Discover Media" and the legendary "Beetle compartment".

Beetle Exclusive – everything just a little bit more elegant

The special models Beetle Exclusive – and Beetle Cabriolet Exclusive – are based on the Design and R-Line equipment lines. On the exterior, the special model makes its mark with features such as alloy wheels in "Twister" style in black with bright machined surface (incl. wheel locks that offer extra anti-theft protection). The interior impresses with a black dashpad and aluminium sill panel mouldings bearing the lettering "Volkswagen Exclusive". The seat centre panels and side bolsters are finished in "Nappa" leather. A genuine bonus is the Cool Leather, which remains cool and supple even in sunlight and thus ensures the best possible comfort. Prices for the special model Beetle Exclusive start from €24,200 and the special model Beetle Cabriolet Exclusive from €28,550.

Advance sales of all Beetle models starts immediately. R-Line with the top-engine (162 kW/220 PS) can be ordered as from middle of June.

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