For over 7 decades, the Volkswagen Beetle has managed to ride in the streets, freeways and off roads of this earth with minimal changes but has always been popular. Despite the dynamism in the automobile industry, VW has only slightly altered the traditional look of the Beetle. No other car can boast such a long time with minimal changes. For 2017, the Beetle features a host of interior changes to reflect modern trends in the industry. The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle comes in both Coupe and Cabriolet body styles. Read along to find out what the iconic model has to offer as it continues to make history:
2017 Volkswagen Beetle Exterior
The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle is very attractive especially to the young buyers. In fact, the Beetle presents an affordable way to get your hands on a convertible. The new model retains the all-familiar Beetle cues. It features an all-rounded body with a sloping hood. It also features circular projector headlights and LED DRLs. Its bumper has been refined and it’s integrated with square-shaped vents and redesigned fog lights. VW has used chrome on a single line that runs across the lower bumper.
Moving to the rear, you will find redesigned LED taillights and a spoiler with a dual color scheme. The rear also features dual exhaust tips finished in chrome. Lower trims will ride on 17-inch Philadelphia wheels while higher trims will feature 18-inch Ravenna Adamantium wheels. The exterior will be available in two new colors which are White Silver Metallic and Bottle Green Metallic.
Opting for the Denim special trim which is based on the 1974 Jeans Beetle adds a jeans-colored soft roof, a Stonewashed Blue Metallic paint work and 17-inch Dark Graphite Circle wheels. On the other hand, Exclusive Beetle models add Twister style bright machined black alloy wheels while the ALLSTAR model on the other add comes with 17-inch Linas styling alloy wheels.
2017 Volkswagen Beetle Interior
While VW maintains its exterior largely unchanged, the interior is a totally different story. The cabin is equipped with advanced technologies. The cabin can accommodate five passengers comfortably unlike many coupes and cabriolets. In lower trims, the cabin will be upholstered in a quality fabric while leather will be the standard upholstery material on top trims.
The dash has been refreshed and features a large touch-screen display. In front of the driver is a new 4-spoke steering wheel integrated with audio playback and Bluetooth telephony controls. The cabin also features Wi-Fi connectivity, a new sound system and an automatic climate control system.
The Design Line and R-Line (previous Beetle Sport) trims feature a brighter instrument panel. In addition, there is an option for a multi-function steering wheel wrapped in leather and special logos on head restraints and sill panel moldings for the Beetle R-Line. Buyers can also opt for Vienna leather or Kyalami design textile for the seats upholstery.
If you feel that is not enough for your Beetle, you can go for the Denim special Beetle. This model is based on the 1974 Jeans Beetle. It features blue-colored sport seats, an aluminum-blue matte-colored dash pad and jeans-style storage pockets. There will also be Exclusive Beetle models which feature black dash pad, Nappa leather upholstery on seats and side bolsters as well as “Volkswagen Exclusive” lettering on the aluminum-made side panel moldings. For the ALLSTAR special model, there will be a dual-zone climate control system, a Composition Media Radio system integrated with navigation and the unique “Beetle compartment”. It will also feature ALLSTAR lettering on its sill panel moldings.
Engine Specs and performance
Top trims will be powered by an all powerful turbocharged 2.0 L 4-cylinder petrol engine. This engine is rated at 210 hp and 230 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission system. There will also be two more petrol and diesel engines with lower outputs. The least powerful engine will be a 1.2 L, TSI engine good for 104 hp. Details on the performance and fuel economy are yet to be released. We will update you with this information immediately the automaker avails it.
The least powerful engine will be a 1.2 L, TSI engine good for 104 hp. Details on the performance and fuel economy are yet to be released. We will update you with this information immediately the automaker avails it.
Price and release date
According to rumors, prices won’t change much from those of the outgoing models. Currently, the cheapest model is the 1.2 L, TSI equipped coupe which starts at $ 20,540 (€18,375). On the other hand, the cheapest cabriolet starts at $ 25,485 (€22,800).
The ALLSTAR starts at $25,455 (€22.775).
The special edition goes for $ 26,380 (€23,600).
The Exclusive models will be the most expensive with an Exclusive coupes starting at $ 27,050 (€ 24,200) and $ 31,910 (€28,550) for cabriolets.