The Beetle may no longer be the epitome of what a people's car is as it was once but that hasn't stopped Volkswagen from unveiling an all-new model 13 years after the German carmaker first resurrected the nameplate in 1998.
Though you do get a feeling of déjà vu when you first glimpse the all-new Beetle, it immediately becomes apparent that it's a totally different vehicle. Volkswagen has reinvented the Beetle while still staying true to the design and shape of the original Type 1 Beetle.
"The Beetle is now characterized by a clean, self-confident and dominant sportiness. The car not only has a lower profile; it is also substantially wider, the front bonnet is longer, the front windscreen is shifted further back and has a much steeper incline. All of this creates a new dynamism," said Volkwagen Brand's design chief Klaus Bischoff.
While the first-generation Beetle had a more roundly shape, the all-new model has a more squat profile, thanks to the lower roof profile and longer wheelbase, which complement the changes Bischoff previously mentioned.
Its interior ergonomics have also been modified to give an agile, driver-oriented coupé experience in the new Beetle while the longer roof section offers an improved feeling of space that's enhanced by the panoramic roof. An integrated rear spoiler only adds to the sporty look to the second-generation New Beetle.
The all-new Beetle will be offered with different engines and gearboxes depending on the market where it'll be sold.
In the United States, it will come with either a 2.0-liter TDI engine or a 2.5-liter inline-five paired to a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.
For the rest of the world, the all-new Beetle will come with either a fuel-efficient 1.2-liter mill with BlueMotion Technology, a 1.6-liter TDI engine with BlueMotion Technology, a 1.4.-liter TSI powerplant equipped with a seven-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox and a 2.0-liter TSI variant that will come with a manual gearbox with a dual clutch transmission as an option.