The Volkswagen Beetle is a compact car, introduced by Volkswagen in 1997, drawing heavy inspiration from the exterior of the original Beetle. Unlike the original Beetle, the new Beetle has its engine in the front, driving the front wheels, with luggage storage in the rear. The Beetle range sees minimal updates for 2015, the 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine TDI Clean Diesel engine will be replaced by the new 150hp 2.0 litre diesel engine. This make 10 more horsepower than the outgoing model. The Beetle TDI equipped with the optional six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission improves EPA, estimated highway fuel economy lower than the previous diesel engine. In addition, a new limited edition model, the Beetle Classic enters the Beetle line-up.
Placing the original Beetle and the latest car next to one another, its clear that the lines of the rear sections are nearly identical, but the overall look is bolder and more dynamic. The beetle also breaks free of the design geometry defined by three semi circles, front fender, rear fender and domed roof above it. The roof profile actually runs distinctly lower and can be considered a development of the Ragster concept car shown in Detroit in 2005. As a result, the new Beetle is bolder and more masculine. The Beetle is 71.2 inches wide, 58.5 inches tall and 168.4 inches long. The development team also increased the car's track widths and wheelbase compared with the new Beetle. The changed proportions give the latest Beetle a powerful and dynamic appearance.
The 2015 Beetle offers three engine and transmissions, considering the Indian market it would be tough to tell what Volkswagen India has to offer its customers in the Beetle transmission package. A 1.8 litre TSI turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Then there's a 2.0 litre TDI turbocharged four-cylinder engines with the acclaimed DSG six-speed dual-clutch automatic or six-speed manual. This is exclusively for the US market. Specifications for the engine are less known, but looking at the US model's India should have almost the same type of refinement. As far as the safety concerns of the vehicle will just be the same, the Beetle's safety armory is a very rigid body structure that uses ultra-high strength, hot-formed steels in the crash-load paths and seamless laser welds. ESC(Electronic Stability Control) should be standard. The Beetle includes Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System that shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors and switches on the hazard lights if the car is involved in certain types of collision.
Interior should be having a fresh outlook, with some of the latest trending infotainment facilities. In the US the Beetle is competing with he Mini Cooper and another vehicle of the Fiat, in India it should be the same, but since very few Beetles are spotted it would really be hard to have a competition. A new vehicle a new start, that's what the officials at Volkswagen India would be having at the back of their head. Prices should be pretty much in the range of 20-30Lakhs, somewhere in between. No dates have been given by the company, but rumors are that it is scheduled towards the end of this year.
A sleek twist on an iconic shape, the Beetle has the looks and performance to turn head and corners equally well.
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