Volkswagen takes the wraps of its new retro-styled Beetle, just days before its combined unveiling at the Shanghai and New York Auto Shows on April 21 and April 22.
Much of the new Beetle’s styling has been revealed already through spy photos obtained in recent months. But while the new Bug’s roofline, bonnet and guards were the standout changes, the headlights and taillights had until now remained camouflaged.
While the Beetle has kept all of its trademark features, the 2012 model takes on a more masculine look, replacing the bubble styling of its precessor with a more masculine look.
There’s a sharper coupe-like roofline that harks back to the original Beetle, along with tougher guards, a longer and flatter bonnet, 911-style headlights and shapelier, more defined taillights.
The new design brings more advantages than just a sportier look, with the longer roof and more distinct C-pillar meaning that passengers familiar with the previous model will be greeted by a noticeable increase in rear headroom.
The new car is also 150mm longer, 84mm wider and sits 15mm lower than its predecessor, adding a stronger stance and more premium look. Other upmarket touches include bi-xenon headlights, 19-inch wheels and sporty dual exhaust tips.
Under the hood of the range-topping model is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI gasoline mill delivering 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. A six-speed manual comes as standard but customers can opt for a sweet six-speed dual clutch DSG and XDS electronic differential.
A 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque TDI turbodiesel 2.0-liter mill is also offered, returning up to 29/40 mpg city/highway fuel economy.
Rounding out the range is an entry-level 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque model with the same 2.5-liter five-cylinder from the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, available with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic. [via The Telegraph (UK), Motor Authority and AutoBlog]