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Volkswagen Beetle Bows Down With Final Edition Model

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Before the Volkswagen Beetle bids goodbye next year, it introduces two Final Edition models—a coupe and a convertible. These two models will mark the last year of the Beetle’s production in 2019.

It has been a long time since Volkswagen revealed the New Beetle and was named the 1999 Import Car of the Year by Motor Trend. In 2012, the Beetle was redesigned that helped reignite sales. But alas, the entrance of the crossover segment ended the blooming re-interest on the retro-styled coupe.

The Final Edition packages are modeled after the 2003 Ultima Edicion. They are going to be offered with a beige or a light blue paint, as well as a few other colors. The convertibles will get their own brown top, except for the beige convertibles, which will get their tops in another color. Other changes on the exterior are a few chrome trim, body-color side-view mirrors, a rear “Beetle” badge, and unique wheels.

Inside, the Final Edition Beetle gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, a beige dash, and special upholstery. If you want better features, you can upgrade from the base SE model to the SEL version, which gets Xenon headlights, LED taillights, larger wheels, diamond-stitched leather seats, navigation, and a premium audio system.

Hinrich Woebcken, Volkswagen’s North American President and CEO, said in a statement that after nearly seven decades in the market, the end of production for the Beetle will “evoke a host of emotions from [its] many devoted fans.”

The German automaker will move toward a more full-line, family-oriented cars in the United States. It will also ramp up its electrification strategy with the use of the MEB platform. Woebcken hinted, though, of the possibility of the Beetle’s revival but as an electric car.

The Final Edition packages will start at $23,940, including destination. The SEL version will add another $2,950. The convertible variant will start at $28,190 or $30,890 if you want the SEL version.

The Next Volkswagen Beetle is Going Electric

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The Volkswagen Beetle is proposed to get an electric power. The next generation of the car will most likely run on the new MEB (Modular Electric Baukasten) platform of the automaker.

According to Autocar, the electric Beetle is planned to serve as a sister model to the latest Microbus, which came out as the ID Buzz concept at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show. The Beetle is one of the number of cars that will be presented to the VW board when they will have a vote on the company’s initial range of electric vehicles.

Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said that the decision of the board will be based on what kind of “emotional concepts” they need. He explained that “emotional concepts” will include autos like the Microbus, Beetle, Kubelwagen and Buggy. He cleared out that there is no firm decision on the subject yet though.

Further into the interview, the VW exec hinted that they are favoring the Beetle. He stated that if they are going for an electric Beetle, it would be better than its latest model. Instead of its modern design, it would get back to its roots and it will have a rear-wheel drive.

Deiss pointed out that their MEB platform is planned to  support up to 15 new electric-powered models. Five of them will be marketed under the VW name.

The rear-wheel drive setup for an EV was previewed under the Volkswagen ID hatchback concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The concept was equipped with one electric motor mounted on the rear axle. The output of the auto was 168 bhp.

Although this is not yet conclusive, it definitely gives us something to look forward to. Getting back the retro Beetle design is a cool direction, especially for the die-hard fans of the classic VW.

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