Volkswagen New Beetle: new images

Production Cars 11 Jul 2011
Volkswagen New Beetle: new images

Volkswagen has released new photos and the first design sketches of the new Beetle, the the redesigned model that debuted in Shanghai and will be launched this Fall.

The New Beetle was first unveiled at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show in April. Compared to the 1998 New Beetle, the redesigned model is totally different.

VW New Beetle Design Sketch VW New Beetle Design Sketch

The exterior is characterized by a lower profile and a wider stance, and takes some inspirations from the 2005 Ragster Concept, a hot rod based on the New Beetle.


VW New Beetle Design SketchThe design team responsible for its development was led by Walter de Silva and Klaus Bischoff and included Marc Lichte (exterior team leader), Chris Lesmana (exterior), Nisan Kucam (exterior), Tomasz Bachorski (interior – team leader), Ingo Brückmann (interior), Oona Scheepers (Colour and Trim team leader), Susanne Gerken (Colour and Trim).

“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,” explains Klaus Bischoff.

VW New Beetle Design Sketch The main dimensions confirm this impression, as the 2012 New Beetle is 1,808 mm wide (84 mm wider), 1,486 mm high (12 mm lower) and 4,278 mm long (152 mm longer).

“The gain in length means that the roof could be extended further, the front windscreen could be shifted back, and the rear section could follow the contour of the original Beetle. The new focal point is the C-pillar.

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VW New Beetle Interior “In parallel, the development team increased the car’s track widths (front: 1,578 mm with gain of 63 mm; rear: 1,544 mm with gain 49 mm) and wheelbase (2,537 mm with gain of 22 mm).

“All of this gives the Beetle a powerful appearance with muscular tension.”

The interior features a number of elements reminiscent of the original beetle, while avoiding a rétro look.

Among these are the extra glovebox (“Beetle box”) integrated in the front facia whose lid folds upward and the optional auxiliary instruments above the audio system: oil temperature, clock with chronometer function and boost pressure gauge.

VW New Beetle InteriorThe new specific steering wheels have painted accents in the spokes that differ depending on the equipment line.

Technical Features

The powertrains are focused on efficiency: the European 1.6 TDI reaches 4.3 l/100 km and the American 2.0 TDI achieves 33 mpg.

The New Beetle will be launched worldwide and will be available with 3 equipment lines: “Beetle” (base version), “Design” (mid line) and “Sport” (top version).

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Two special versions – the “Black Turbo” and “White Turbo” – based on the Beetle Sport 2.0 TSI DSG (147 kW/200 PS) will be available for the European and North American markets.

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  1. Avi Yadav

    Waow nice job

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  3. Voislav Andronescu

    It is sad when VW Beetle is starting to look more like a short version of a PT Cruiser… FAIL!

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  4. Brendan Murphy

    I think that’s a great job! The rear end looks Posrche, but that greenhouse and silhouette are all ’60s Beetle! Glad they straightened those A-pillars and I love the height and angle of that shoulder line. It looks like a chop top! Clean body all around, imo.

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    • 12/7/2011

      I agree with you- the rear is reminiscent of the Porsche… but not too much. The previous version was a bit feminine where as this one is more masculine and well executed.

  5. Mohamed Eissa

    This is what we can call Designed with passion.
    While VW is trying to make it more modern, the original charachter is still dominating, and I agree with bucarsa about the masculine and well excuted look.

  6. 13/7/2011

    Whao! This is great! The more elongated silhouette,crisp shoulder and wider stance of the New Beetle give the car a more aggressive form compared to the 1998 model. Of note is the fact that the car still retains the character of the iconic original. The longer front bonnet is sporty and noteworthy is the relationship between the straightened A-pillar and the bonnet. I especially like the muscularity of the rear bumper and the shape of the license plate recess. Volkswagen has done a good job redesigning an icon of all times.I write from Nigeria.


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