One last hurrah for one of the auto industry’s most iconic models

Volkswagen has unveiled the 2019 Beetle Final Edition a day after leaked VIN documents indicated that the German automaker was planning to roll out the special edition model to commemorate the Beetle’s three-generation, 70-year run. The 2019 Beetle Final Edition will be available in SE and SEL trims. It will also be available in coupe and convertible versions. Pricing for the SE and SEL coupe starts at $23,940 and $26,890, respectively, while pricing for the SE and SEL convertible versions starts at $28,190 and $30,890, respectively.

What makes the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition special

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It didn’t take Volkswagen long to unveil the 2019 Beetle Final Edition, did it? Maybe it was preempted by the leaked VIN documents. Maybe it was the plan all along. Either way, the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition is here, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the departing Bug as the car’s production run ends this year. “The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America.

It’s unfair to say that the 2019 Beetle Final Edition is the culmination of a 70-year run, even if it feels like it.

For its part, Volkswagen did its best to make it as “special” as it can be. For instance, Volkswagen is giving its customers a chance to choose the color of their special edition Beetles. Among the colors available are Pure White, Deep Black Pearl, Platinum Grey, Safari Uni and Stonewashed Blue. The latter two colors are unique to the Beetle Final Edition. If you opt to buy the Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL you will get a model that has a soft brown top, that is unless you choose the Safari Uni color.

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In addition to the body color options, the Beetle Final Edition is also fitted with chrome treatments, body-color side mirrors, and heated water nozzles. SEL trim versions, be it a coupe or a convertible, will also come with Bi-Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, and fog lights. At the back, the “Turbo” badge is replaced with a “Beetle” badge, presumably to highlight the status of this special edition model.

SE trim units of the Beetle Final Edition sit on 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels while SEL trim models receive 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in whitewall tires.

Move to the interior, and there’s a host of exclusive features in it, too. All Final Edition models, for example, come with a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, push-button start, stainless steel pedal caps, and automatic climate control. All trim options come with Volkswagen’s Composition Media infotainment system. SEL trim models also get a premium audio system courtesy of Fender. All Beetle Final Edition models also come with driver-assistance technology. SE models, in particular, include standard Blind Spot Monitor Rear Traffic Alert in its offerings. Meanwhile, Final Edition SEL models add standard front and rear Park Distance Control.

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There are no engine upgrades to speak of. That’s hardly a surprise considering the Bug isn’t normally associated with power and performance credentials. Instead, customers receive the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. All versions of the Beetle Final Edition get a six-speed automatic transmission, which is responsible for sending the four-cylinder engine’s power to the two rear wheels.

Fuel economy is rated at 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition doesn’t come cheap. The coupe SE trim starts at $23,940 while the convertible SE trim starts at $28,190. Opt for the coupe SEL trim, and you’re looking at a base price of $26,890 while the convertible SEL trim starts at $30,890.

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Press release

Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that it will end production of the iconic Beetle in 2019. To celebrate the Beetle’s rich heritage, two special models will join the lineup for its last model year—Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL.

“The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “As we move to being a full-line, family-focused automaker in the U.S. and ramp up our electrification strategy with the MEB platform, there are no immediate plans to replace it. But as we have seen with the I.D. BUZZ—which is the modern and practical interpretation of the legendary Bus—I would also say, ‘Never say never.’ We’re excited to kick off a year of celebrating one of the true icons of the automotive world, with a series of events that will culminate in the end of production in Puebla in July 2019.”

Available in coupe and convertible body styles, the Final Edition models include exclusive equipment and unique upscale décor elements designed to send the Beetle off in style. Models also draw inspiration from the first-generation Beetle’s final run in Mexico, where the vehicle is assembled.

The 2003 Última Edición (last edition) models were only available in two colors—beige and light blue. Today’s Final Edition models will feature two unique colors: Safari Uni—a reinvention of Harvest Moon Beige, a color from the New Beetle—and Stonewashed Blue, a nod to the 1970 Jeans Bug and most recently seen on the 2016 Beetle Denim. Final Edition models are also available in Pure White, Deep Black Pearl, and Platinum Grey. Convertible Final Edition SEL models in every exterior color except Safari Uni are available with a unique Brown soft top.

Final Edition coupe models feature standard chrome treatments like the Última Edición models, in addition to body-color side mirrors, heated washer nozzles (all standard features across the Beetle Convertible lineup), as well as a sunroof. Final Edition SEL models are equipped with Bi-Xenon® headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), LED taillights, and fog lights. All Final Edition models replace the typical “Turbo” badge on the tailgate with a “Beetle” badge.

Unique wheels complete the exterior transformation of Beetle Final Edition models. Final Edition SE models feature 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with a 15-spoke design. Final Edition SEL models are shod with 18-inch white aluminum-alloy wheels in a disc design that is reminiscent of the Última Edición’s body-colored steel wheels fitted with chrome hubcaps and whitewall tires.

Inside, all Final Edition models are equipped with standard KESSY® keyless access with push-button start, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with unique “Beetle” clip, stainless steel pedal caps, Climatronic® automatic climate control, gloss black center console, a unique Safari Uni color dashpad with the classic kaeferfach glovebox or “Beetle bin” that harkens to the color-matched interior treatments in the Última Edición, and three-color ambient lighting. Final Edition SE models feature cloth and leatherette rhombus-pattern seats, while SEL models offer standard diamond-stitched leather seating surfaces.

Final Edition SE models feature a Composition Media infotainment unit with a 6.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display, Bluetooth® technology for compatible devices, USB multimedia port, SiriusXM® radio (three-month trial subscription), Voice Control, and Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect smartphone integration. Final Edition SEL models upgrade to Discover Media infotainment with navigation, Car-Net Security & Service, and Guide & Inform, as well as Fender® Premium Audio.

All 2019 Beetle models, both convertible and coupe, are powered a 2.0 liter TSI® engine that puts out 174 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. All models are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and the EPA-estimated fuel economy rating is 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.

To meet the demands of American drivers, all Beetle Final Edition models offer driver-assistance technology. SE models include standard Blind Spot Monitor Rear Traffic Alert. Final Edition SEL models add standard front and rear Park Distance Control.

Pricing for the 2019 Beetle Final Edition coupe starts at $23,045 for SE models and $25,995 for SEL models. Beetle Convertible Final Edition pricing starts at $27,295 for SE models and $29,995 for SEL models. The destination charge for all Beetle models is an additional $895.

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