The 21st Century Beetle as it’s being called these days, Volkswagen said that this Beetle is to be called “The Beetle”, and has been recently put into production, as the 2012 model year, replacing the New Beetle that ended production just recently. The Mk2 Beetle shape hasn’t changed that much, but the body’s size is just a little wider and longer, (being 3 in wider and 5 in longer), with the overall shape of the car to resemble the original Type 1 Beetle with an overall look of just looking retro fitted or designed many years ago kinda appeal, like what the new Fiat 500 looks like, retro styling is back! The Beetle has been unveiled at the Auto Shanghai 2011 and the New York Auto Show 2011.
New engine options available for The Beetle, and it’s keeping the FF layout like on the MK. I New Beetle since some parts are carried over, from a 1.2L to a 2.5L engine, all engines have a I4 (in-line 4) layout, producing 105 hp – 170 hp, only the 2.5L engine is not new, being retained from the previous Beelte and only available in North America. There is the option of having a six-speed manual transmission or the option of a dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox. There are 2 diesel engines available in the European market.
Some new styling features of the The Beetle, is mostly it’s larger size, since it shares it’s chassis with the current model Volkswagen Jetta, and because it’s a little bit bigger, the truck space is now 11 cu ft, almost 4 cu fl bigger than the Mk1 model. Other notable features are the bigger fenders, to make the Beetle looked like the tuned BajaBeetles in rally racing over the years with the original Type 1 Beetle, and that retro is now becomming popular again, some cues of the overall shape can be traced back to the very first beetle.
Since the The Beelte shares it’s chassis with the Jetta, it’s also being produced in the same factory, in Puebla, Mexico. A convertible version has also been announced, that will be put into production next year. The starting price for an all new “The Beetle” is at around $19,000 USD.