Volkswagen has made it no secret that they want the new-new Beetle to appeal to a more masculine audience. The last generation Beetle had an unfortunate stigma attached to it which made it difficult for male owners to be taken seriously – although VW hadn’t helped matters by equipping the car with a specialist flower holder. The 2012 Beetle isn’t quite as cool as the sleeper that was the last-generation Beetle RSi, however it is considerably more butch looking than its standard predecessor. The design of the 2012 Beetle was overseen by the Volkswagen/Audi Group’s superstar designer Walter de Silva, and also WV’s head designer Klaus Bischoff. That shows just how eager the company was to get the shape of the new car right.
The new car’s proportions mean the roof extends back further, the windscreen is shifted back and the rear section is more reminiscent of the very first Beetles. The cargo capacity has increased by almost a third when compared to the 1998 model. The 2012 Beetle has four seats, with a split-fold rear seat for added versatility. When the car goes on sale it will be offered in three trim levels: Beetle, Design and Sport. Volkswagen promise that a wide range of optional equipment will also be available, ranging from Keyless Access through satellite navigation systems and a panoramic sunroof to bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights.
Depending on where you live there will be a range of four engines. Three are petrol, including a 1.2-litre TSI with 105 hp, a 1.4-litre TSI producing 160 horsepower and a 2.0-litre TSI with an impressive 200 horsepower. While the one diesel on offer is a 1.6-litre 105 hp unit with BlueMotion Technology. Thanks to the addition of Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems the diesel model is estimated to have a combined fuel consumption of 65.7 mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of 112 g/km. Inside the cabin, the Beetle’s designers created a modern, practical and distinctive appearance with easy to identify and ergonomic controls. Certain features, such as the glovebox and color accent panels hark back to the original.
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