New VW Beetle spied in India; launch in end-2015

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New VW Beetle

The latest bug has been spied in India, indicating a launch soon, which, according to a report, puts it in end-2015. The new VW Beetle matures up, loses the girly flower vase inside, but the design still has cues that hark back to the original. While the new design is still rotund and cute, it gets a tad manlier,  especially with the lower, flatter roofline and more upright windshield. The trademark, bulging wheel arches and round headlamps continue in its latest generation. Inside, the new Beetle sports a new, more contemporary dashboard and more cargo space.

Sold as both a coupe and a convertible, the Beetle offers three engine options internationally – a 2.0-liter, turbodiesel four-cylinder engine with 150 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque (TDi), a 1.8-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft. of torque, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder, petrol engine which is rated at 210 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque (R-Line; GSR). The aforementioned engines are mated with a choice of five- or six-speed manual or six-speed automatic or dual-clutch automatic transmissions.

Equipment includes an 400-watt Fender sound system with USB/AUX input jacks, Bluetooth connectivity,  18-inch Twister alloy wheels or 19-inch Tornado alloy wheels, a locking front differential called XDS that improves high-speed traction, sports seats, faux-aluminum pedals, rear spoiler, flat-bottomed leather-wrapped steering wheel, sports pedals, bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, stainless steel sills, a chrome vanadium panel for the dashboard and more!

Source: Autocar India

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