Volkswagen will launch the next generation Beetle in 2010. Built on the same platform as the Golf VI and the upcoming Scirocco, the 2010 Beetle might look the same as the current generation, but at a closer look everything is changed. It will get a more modern and aggressive look, and also for the first time it will be offered in many different versions: hatchback, soft-top convertible, a micro-van, a wagon-based crossover and even a pickup variant that will be offered in both 4x4 and a hot GTi version.
The new Beetle will gain more length in order to offer more space. The design cues will be inspired by the Up! Concept unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The headlights will receive a new form and LED technology. The new Beetle will be designed so it can be easily adapted for a wide variety of model variants.
While plan to move away from the classic Beetle shape may end up backfiring if carried out, it’s an understandable move for Volkswagen to attempt to create a sub-brand using the Beetle name — much like what BMW is attempting with its Mini lineup.
The 2010 Volkswagen Beetle will be styled in California and engineered in Germany. The gas engine range of the 2010 Beetle will include: a new 1,4 liter engine, both naturally aspirated (80 hp) and turbocharged (TFSI, 120 hp), the 1,6 liters engine (102 hp), the 2,0 liters engine, both naturally aspirated (150 hp) and turbocharged (200 hp) and the 1,4 dual-charger TSI engine (150 hp). Next to the latest Volkswagen technology, like FSI, TSI the 2010 Beetle will also feature a TDi engine. All the engines will be mated with a DSG paddle-shift transmission.
The 2010 Volkswagen Beetle will be styled in California and engineered in Germany. The starting price for the coupe version will be $18.%00 and $25.000 for the convertible version.