Monday, 24 October 2011 1:03 PM
The new Volkswagen Beetle has sold pretty well despite criticisms about performance and for the vase that was stuck in the dashboard like a twee test tube. But the very latest incarnation of this 73-year-old model comes with the promise from the German automaker that this is the most modern Beetle yet.
There are three levels of trim and the newest Beetle will be launched with two engines and three further engines will come later. At launch, the two engines on offer will be a 1.2-litre 104bhp petrol engine and a 1.4-litre motor with 158bhp. There will be a choice of a six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed DSG.
The extra three engines - 1.6-litre TDI BlueMotion with 104bhp, a 2.0-litre TDI 138bhp and a 2.0-litre petrol engine with a staggering 197bhp - will join the range later in 2012.
Standard equipment includes air conditioning, remote central locking, CD player, digital radio and rear Isofix preparation for strapping in the kids. The mid-level Design trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, front fog lights, upgraded audio, a multi-function leather steering wheel and body coloured door and dashboard panels.
At the top of the range is the Sport trim which adds 18-inch alloys, tinted glass, cruise control, sports seats, parking sensors, gloss black wing mirrors, dash and door panels and two-zone climate control.
Optional kit includes keyless entry, sat-nav, a panoramic sunroof, an upgraded audio package and bi-xenon headlights.
UK order books are now open and it will be priced from £16,490. The first UK deliveries will be in spring 2012.
By Georgia Lewis
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