Spy pics show a lower, more sporty Beetle; set to reach the UK in May after a Detroit debut

These are the first spy pictures of the all-new Volkswagen Beetle in testing.

Disguised to look like the current model, the test car’s identity as the new Beetle is given away by its narrower, less rounded glasshouse and new doors which contribute to a lower, sportier stance.

See the first spy pics of the next VW Beetle

VW company sources have previously told Autocar the new Beetle will be a "radical design" and not just a Mini-style round of minor upgrades.

It will share it platform with the new VW Jetta and will be built alongside that car at VW’s Puebla plant in Mexico after its show debut at the Detroit motor show next January.

Engines will include a 105bhp 1.2, a 160bhp 1.4 and a 210bhp 2.0. The US-bound 170bhp 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine is not destined for Europe. Diesels will include the new 105bhp 1.6 and a 140bhp 2.0 TDI.

Read more on the next VW Beetle, plus see Autocar's exclusive rendering

A hybrid is also planned, with a similar drivetrain to that of the Jetta CC from this year’s Detroit show: a 150bhp turbocharged/supercharged 1.4 with a 27bhp electric motor.

The new Beetle is expected to go on sale in the UK in May 2011. A cabriolet will follow about a year later.

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Our Verdict

Volkswagen Beetle
The Beetle will so often be bought on the basis of its looks. It is certainly more attractive than the old 'new Beetle'

The Volkswagen Beetle is only the third all-new model since the original launched in 1938. It is based on the Mk6 Golf, but the base car is far better

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5 October 2010

Is it just me or is this not bad?

Competance executes, character inspires

5 October 2010

The new backend and roofline flowing into it ... actually looks like a Beetle rather than a cartoon Beetle like the previous one.

Still an utterly pointless car .... but thats another thread altogether!

5 October 2010

Really like the new sportier, slightly hunched profile. Reminds me a alot of the old beetle speedsters which I thought looked great. Just wondering how the prices will compare given a Golf, Scirroco and Beetle can all be had with identical engines.

5 October 2010

[quote adam2853]

Is it just me or is this not bad?

[/quote] Not a SpecSavers customer? Hideous, pointless. Sorry! :-(((

5 October 2010

<P>"Disguised to look like the current model"</P>

Job done then....

As noted above, I really can't see the point of this - if you want a Mexican built Golf just buy one....

5 October 2010

I reckon that if you were to stretch this car and feed it plenty of pies it would look like a Porsche Panamera.

5 October 2010

Visual Proof, if it was needed, that retro is only fit for 1 model cycle at best.

5 October 2010

I like this, however, when the "undisguised" model is revealed, that may change.

It is tending to start to look more 911/Panamera like tho. Not sure if that's a good thing or not.....

At least it doesn't have the ridiculously high roof of the old model.

It just still has the engine in the wrong end!

5 October 2010

[quote Ruined]I reckon that if you were to stretch this car and feed it plenty of pies it would look like a Porsche Panamera.[/quote]

as above, I know it has got VW badges on, but are you sure it's not the all new Porsche 911


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