Volkswagen launches new Beetle today

Volkswagen has today started taking orders for its third-generation Beetle in a choice of specifications, with deliveries beginning in the USA and Germany – a few weeks before the rest of Europe.

The engine options begin with a 77 kW/103 hp 1.2 TSI and end with the 147 kW/197 hp 2.0 TSI unit. Inbetween them sits the 118 kW/158 hp 1.4 TSI, while diesel fans will be offered a 77 kW/103 hp 1.6 TDI, which drinks just just 4.3 l/100 km.

Available as either a base model, which gets air conditioning, remote central locking, and a DAB radio as standard, or the “Design,” which features a 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, Bluetooth telephone preparation, multifunction leather-trimmed steering wheel and colour-coded dashboard door panels.

The Sport gets that 2.0 TSI 147 kW/197 hp powerplant which helps it to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds, along with 18-inch alloys, gloss black mirrors, parking sensors, tinted windows, sports seats, cruise control and 2Zone climate control.

Optional extras include bi-xenon headlights, Keyless Access, panoramic sunroof, satellite navigation and the 400W sound pack, developed by Fender.

The base model is available with a Käfer, Vocho or Maggiolino badge and, at a price of € 16,950, costs around € 1,750 euros less than its predecessor.

[Source: Volkswagen]

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