Yesterday, at the International Auto Show in New York, Volkswagen unveiled its newest version of the Beetle. Only the second redesign in the brand’s 70-some year history, the 2012 Beetle retains many of the hallmarks of the brand, but with wide-rimmed wheels and a flatter top, it has a decidedly more masculine look than the 1998 redesign that brought the Beetle back into the mainstream.
If you like the design, it’s worth noting that the new Beetle comes with a number of features for the tech savvy customer. Like many new cars, it will have bluetooth, touch-screen radio, a navigation system, and ambient lighting. For those willing to splurge, a nine speaker Fender Premium audio system is available as well as 18-19 inch wheels, keyless access, and other fancy features.
In addition to looking more masculine, the 2012 Beetle has new engine options. Buyers can choose between a 2.5L gasoline five cylinder engine, a 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel engine, or a 2.0L TSI “turbocharged” gasoline engine. The car gets an estimated 40 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in the city.
What do you think of the new design?
The full unveiling of the Beetle is below.