By next year, we will witness the launching of the second generation of Volkswagen's reborn Beetle. This time, the focus will be on dynamics and there will be less emphasis on retro styling. The concept car will be unveiled at this November's Los Angeles Auto Show while the production Beetle will go on sale in the UK in May 2011
About a year later, a cabriolet version will follow. The new Beetle will be produced alongside the Jetta at VW's Puebla plant in Mexico, which is where the current Beetle is also being assembled. The front-drive underpinnings and some driveline combinations are carried over to the new Beetle.
These give the new car a reworked chassis with wider tracks and a longer wheelbase when compared to the current model. Insider sources are saying that as a result, the new car will have improved dynamics as well as a more compliant ride. Suspension consists of MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear.
But to improve handling, the 2.0-liter top-of-the-range model (which delivers 210bhp) will have a multi-link rear. We'd all want to get our hands on some images to see how the Beetle was updated but to date, there are none available. For now, we'll just have to be contented with sources close to design boss Klaus Bischoff who say that there are clues within the 2005 Ragster concept.
A VW insider said that the new car has a more contoured design and it has added structuring and defined feature lines that help to break up the simple surfacing and unadorned character of the current model.The new Beetle's roofline will be similar to the Ragster's. The source specified that the screen angles are less extreme and the roof structure is less rounded than the current version.
But we can expect that the design will be heavily inspired by the original Beetle. It still has the same rounded headlights and tail-lamps, separate wings over each wheel and a high waistline. What comes as a pleasant surprise is Volkswagen's recognition of the customers´ needs to customize their cars. With that in mind, VW has come up with a much wider range of exterior options for the Beetle.