Volkswagen reveals its new-again 2012 Beetle

Volkswagen reveals its new-again 2012 Beetle

The original VW Beetle was in production for decades and the new Beetle didn’t do too badly either with a production run of over 12 years. Now, the next-generation Beetle has been revealed in a set of images and promo videos before its official debut at the Auto Shanghai show later this week.

This next-generation 2012 VW Beetle, has now dropped the word ‘new’ from its name and comes out 73 years after the launch of the original Beetle in 1938.

The 2012 VW Beetle differs in styling from the previous generation with a lower-slung more unisex design with a flatter roof and more upright back end. The overall styling is less bulbous and sharper cut when compared to its predecessor. In terms of size th new Beetle is also wider than its predecessor by 8.4 cm and longer by 15.2 cm.

The interior has also been given a complete refit with many cute features like the dashboard vase dropped. There’s highlights like a flat-bottomed steering wheel, an extra top-hinged glovebox and optional navigation systems on a 6.5-inch screen. There’s also talk of a sunroof that has 80% larger glass than on the previous model. Cargo capacity in the hatch has also been increased to 310 litres.

Like the outgoing model the 2012 Beetle has a front-mounted engine driving the front wheels. Engine options for NZ will be all four-cylinder turbocharged offerings and we won’t be complaining either. VW has some of the most modern motors in the business and while no official announcement has been made we will likely get a couple of petrol options and one diesel.

Petrol choices may include a 1.2-litre TSI producing around 80kW, a 1.4-litre TSI delivering 120kW and a top-spec 2.0-litre TSI producing 149kW. The diesel offering could be a 1.6 litre unit.

Expect VW to offer various performance packages and customisation options to make the 2012 Beetle as sporty as ever, including 19-inch wheels and a rear spoiler as seen in the first batch of  photos.

Check out images and a promo video below.

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