The launch of the New Beetle has given Volkswagen the opportunity to open its doors with new concept iterations for the car. At the 2012 NAIAS, we’re getting a look at the first of these concepts in the form of the E-Bugster Concept.

The E-Bugster is based on the New Beetle, albeit dressed in a far more aggressive manner than that of the production model. The profile features a lower roofline, wider C-pillars, blacked-out A-pillars, and a new set of fancy 19" alloy wheels.

If you recall back in 2005, Volkswagen introduced a similar-looking concept in the Ragster. That car also came with a low and flat roofline and was being pegged as a pre-cursor to the eventual production model. In the case of the E-Bugster, the German automaker is introducing the concept as a way of showing a new powertrain system that could eventually translate to future production models.

That propulsion system features an lithium-ion battery pack-powered electric motor that will be mounted just under the boot and rear bench of the car. The motor is capable of producing 114 horsepower (85W) with a range of 100 miles while also producing zero emissions. The pack can be charged through a plug that can be found just under the Volkswagen logo with an 80-percent charge being achieved in just 30 minutes.

So while it’s unlikely that we’ll see the E-Bugster Concept past this stage, we could very well see this new "Blue-e-motion" propulsion system in future Volkswagen models.

UPDATE 01/20/2012: Turns out, all of this concept stuff isn’t for show. Volkswagen has announced that the E-Bugster was specifically built to judge the auto world’s reaction and if it’s positive, then V-Dub may be adding a third version to its Beetle lineup: a Speedster model.

"This is a serious proposal for a speedster Beetle and I am sure it will come for production", says designer Mark Lichter, "we just need to find the business case. A Beetle Speedster is the perfect car for the US."

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  (530) posted on 02.6.2012

I like how they put up striking wheels with this model. I’m so excited to see this car in the market sales. I wonder how much is the production cost of this car?

  (530) posted on 01.30.2012

The concept is exciting. It shows awesome details of the exterior as well as the interior. It’s doing great in a 114hp. I hope I could buy these after three years.

  (714) posted on 01.27.2012

The Volkswagen E-Bugster will be the fresh face of future Volkswagen in new generation. It’s silver color make the car more futuristic it’s a great concept.

  (595) posted on 01.24.2012

Volkswagen created this E-bugster. Its super-nature friendly due to its one of a kind abilities like reaching the speed of 100mph without having any emission. The bug design remains improved with a lower roof-line.

  (328) posted on 01.23.2012

Just a concept for now and soon will be produced. Haha. I am too eager to watch this car running on the streets of every country. This E-Bugster is really amazing!

  (442) posted on 01.19.2012

This E-bugster must be produce, its now or never! Haha. I really adore the looks of it and the fact that the old beetle look has been preserved on it. I would really love to have this, in every color. Haha.

  (224) posted on 01.18.2012

It seems like the concept of Chevrolet. On the other hand, I like how they put up very striking wheels with this model. I’m so excited to see this car in the market. I’m wondering how much this will cost.

  (369) posted on 01.12.2012

I can’t imagine the image of this car,the concept of front and back is not really impressive for me. But I like the wheels it’s very striking.

  (194) posted on 01.12.2012

This concept must be seen in the market soon! I am sure that many will be fond of this like I do. The design is really stunning along with its catchy wheels. I wonder how much will it cost, maybe around $50,000 and above, or more than that.

  (342) posted on 01.10.2012

This Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept is really beautiful. A cool concept from them. I like how they put those simple yet astonishing wheels on it, it really suits its design. I am so excited to see this car on market.

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