Thanks for reading our series on the iconic Volkswagen Beetle. We’ve covered the history, some fun facts, and covered the different generations. In this blog post, Lewisville Volkswagen breaks down the all new 21st Century Volkswagen Beetle.
The ubiquitous VW Beetle is one of the most familiar body styles of any car on the road, recognizable to just about anyone who’s above the age of five. Back in ’98, the New VW Beetle, while completely unlike the old VW mechanically, was meant to be reminiscent of the old body style, with a tall, rounded roofline and bulging fenders. The first-generation New Beetle was an instant hit (selling 6 million units in the United States alone), but it was a car that was always considered “cute,” a similar sort of appeal as the Mini and the Mazda Miata. The New Beetle even came with a flower vase in the middle of the dashboard as part of its quirky appeal.
Now comes the second generation of the New Beetle, and the word “masculine” is coming into play.
The body lines still recall the Beetle heritage, but the changes are unmistakable. The 21st Century Beetle is longer, lower and wider than the previous generation, with a longer hood, more steeply-raked windshield and stretched-out rear fenders. The round taillights have been traded for U-shaped lamps, and the wheels have been replaced with robust 19-inch alloys. The revamped body also means a better use of interior room, but the changes don’t stop there.
The new Volkswagen Bug also come with plenty of scat, with a 200-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder available. For the economy-minded, there’s a 170-horsepower 2.5 liter 5-cylinder diesel and a 140-horsepower 2-liter turbodiesel, which squeeze out 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Klaus Bischoff, head of the VW design team, maybe says it best: “Less flower, more power.”
There’s a lot of excitement brewing about the new Beetle, and the folks at VW are insisting that we not call it the “new New Beetle,” instead opting for “21st Century Beetle” and shedding the previous generation’s cutesy image. People are talking about it on Lewisville Volkswagen’s Facebook page, Dallas-area drivers are starting to ask about it at the showroom (and Tweet about it on Twitter), and the anticipation is starting to build. But we’d like to hear from you – why not give us a shout and let us know what you think, too? Because we’re pretty sure that it’s going to be worth the wait!