The new VW Beetle will be a styling revolution, not an evolution, according to VW sources

The all-new VW Beetle, due to launch at next year’s Detroit motor show, will be a "radical design", according to company sources.

Sources have told Autocar that VW hasn’t gone down the Mini route by just tweaking the car’s styling.

See's artist's impression of the next VW Beetle

The Beetle’s designers have made every effort to be daring, and to produce a completely fresh, modern take on the classic VW.

As with today’s Beetle, the car will be assembled at VW’s Puebla plant in Mexico, alongside the next Jetta. The two cars share their front-drive underpinnings and some driveline combinations.

This gives the Beetle a reworked chassis with wider tracks and a longer wheelbase than today’s model. Insiders are confident it will better the current Beetle’s dynamics, with a more compliant ride.

Suspension is MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear. However, the 210bhp 2.0-litre range-topper will have a multi-link rear to improve handling.

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

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 August 2010

I was just thinking oooh an all turbo engine range. then i read the bit about the american engine, why are still so far behind in culture? why prefer a 2.5 na 170bhp engine to a 210bhp 2.0 turbo. the 2.0 will be more economic and have more torque, i can see zero reasons for it existing on an intelligent ruling.

5 August 2010

The MINI was a car that was relatively easy to modernise. But the Beetle just doesn't lend itself to modernisation. Why not update the Campervan/ MPV. That would lend itself to modernisation.

5 August 2010

2.5 170bhp =240 Nm @ 4250

2.0 210bhp =280 Nm @ 1700


"i like big engines"

5 August 2010

[quote beachland2]why prefer a 2.5 na 170bhp engine to a 210bhp 2.0 turbo. the 2.0 will be more economic and have more torque, i can see zero reasons for it existing on an intelligent ruling. [/quote]

Huh, price...?


Please insert paragraps where needed.

5 August 2010

what are the figures?

5 August 2010

would have thought the current base 1.8 turbo petrol, which is pretty cheap, would accommodate that avenue.

5 August 2010

WTF? is it a slow week on stories or something - you ran this exact same story bloody months ago - jesus - the editorial content at this place is truly in freefall - lazy SOB's

5 August 2010

Just more of the same crap just in different metal, when is the car industry ready to innovate instead of producing model after model that doesn´t do anything to change the game?

5 August 2010

[quote beachland2]

2.5 170bhp =240 Nm @ 4250

2.0 210bhp =280 Nm @ 1700


"i like big engines"


Duhh... Maybe they prefer SIMPLE engines... Highly-stressed, small capacity, turbo engine = more to go wrong and more expense when it does; low-stress, large capacity NA engine = less to go wrong and less expense if it does.

Example: you can get a complete, GM LS3 (6.2L V8) "crate" engine pushing out 430bhp/430lb-ft for about £5.5K. Check how much it would cost for an "advanced" European or Japanese engine pushing our similar power/torque...

5 August 2010

[quote GaryW]Maybe they prefer SIMPLETON engines...[/quote]

quite right.

small capacity turbo engines are not highly stressed, they are relatively low pressure.

You are suggesting car engines go wrong, and then become hard to fix. They dont, most last the lifetime of the car, let alone the lifetime of car ownership. Engines just dont go wrong.

Are you saying the general american population who wont know much about car engineering walk into their dealers and specifically asking for a model that has a simple engine rather than a more complicated turbo engine, because they know best and thats what they like? I think they only know what they are used to and dont like change. which is a cultural thing for Americans possibly. I was listening to some people talking about them yesterday saying how insular they are and how most of them dont own passports or think about whats outside their own area of life. OF course that sounds like a brilliant sterorytpe, but sterotypes become true when scaled to the big numbers of car sales in a country.

the 2.5 engine is for americans because they are simple people with simple ideals? They are different for sure, as the whole of Europe and Japan etc are not the same way of thinking. The Americans are in the minority globaly, i think their thinking is backward (on this issue). If there was a real and scientific advantage in choosing the older style and large engine, then it would be taken up more instead of the newer smaller engines.


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