Abiding its moniker as “The People’s Car”, Volkswagen made a simulcast introduction in Shanghai, Berlin, and New York on the newest Volkswagen Beetle. What is to be the 3rd generation within the Beetle franchise, its new silhouette no longer prescribed to the round, cutesy design, or so-called “3 semi-circles” of the past. Now, with edge and aggressive stance, the 2012 Beetle is 3.3 inches wider, a bit lower, and 6 inches more in length. For the first time, Bi-Xenon headlights will be available as well as LED daytime running lights. An updated appearance on its interior as well, the new design sports a functional yet fun interior that inclueds a large panoramic glass roof that tilts or slides. Blast away your stress with a 400 watts sound system, courtesy of Fender Premium Audio System and Panasonic.
Deemed to be the most powerful and cleanest Beetle ever, VW will offer 3 trims with different drivetrain specs. A basic 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine with an output of 170hp and 177lbs-ft of torque. Those who are performance driven may opt for the 2.0-liter TSI engine with its 200hp and 207lbs-ft of torque. Finally, fuel economy comes in the form of 2.0-liter Clean Diesel engine, a 140hp engine capable of 40 MPG Highway, 29 MPG City, and 33 MPG combined.
The new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is set to launch this September/October across North America follow by Europe and finally, Asia in February 2012.