The VW Beetle 2012 is the second generation of the new Volkswagen Beetle, a model that replaces the old Beetle launched in 1998 to commemorate the original which sold more than 21.5 million units. And now, in the Shanghai Auto Show, the German manufacturer Volkswagen Beetle Introduces First Century XXI. Simultaneously do here in New York and also in Berlin to commemorate its origin.
The previous Beetle, the 1998 could schematically drawn through three cross circumferences, one for the front wheel arch, one for the back and a final represent larger than the roof. In the case of Volkswagen New Beetle, the schema changes completely unchanged despite maintaining their DNA.
The new Beetle sports is characterized, has a greater length of the hood, an inclined windshield is more flattened and wider. These strokes can be summarized as the new model, but there is more behind it.
And as always we talk about the prototypes that inspire new models, in this case has given rise to the new model is the prototype Ragster presented in 2005 at the Detroit Auto Show, a Hot Road was impressed that among participants .
Six years after the presentation of this prototype, the new Volkswagen Beetle is a reality and shows its most aggressive and muscular. Measuring 1808 mm wide (84 mm more than the last), the height is 1486 mm (12 mm lower than before) and 152 mm length grows to reach 4278 mm.
Inside A very VW Beetle 2012
And if the car’s exterior appearance changes shape on maintaining the essence of the original design, the opposite occurs with the interior, which in my point of view completely breaks any kind of classicism.
Instrument panels have been upgraded considerably and incorporate the latest technology. The speedometer, tachometer and fuel level indicator are chaired by a large digital screen where you find all the information of the state of the vehicle.
The trunk grows in size up to 310 liters instead of 209 liters so few of the previous model.
To complete the look of the dashboard, you can choose depending on the version optionally a glove vertical opening in the original and three watches that are at the top of the panel indicate the temperature oil, timer and indicator intake pressure. Do not you remember the original?
Engines for the Volkswagen Beetle
In diesel engines there are two already known in the Volkswagen range on one side of the 1.6 TDI above 105 bhp and a TDI of 140 horsepower. In gasoline engines have power outputs of 105, 160 and 200 horsepower, turbocharged engines being all.
For the first time in the Volkswagen New Beetle you can equip gearbox 7-speed DSG. One of the main objectives when developing the new model, especially considering the past “hippie” who have a lot of potential buyers, has been to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. So the engine that consumes less leaves the official figure in just 4.3 l/100 km for the less powerful version of the 1.6 TDI with 105 hp.
In Europe, the VW Beetle 2012 will go on sale between October and November, just after he has done in the U.S. where one of its main markets. The details like the retractable rear spoiler, bi-xenon headlights with LED technology or limited slip differential remind us that only in appearance, the Beetle remains true to its origins.
VW Beetle 2012 Video