2012 Volkswagen Beetle To Debut At Shanghai: Report

Mike Stevens | Mar 18, 2011


Reports out of Europe this week suggest Volkswagen will unveil the next-generation New Beetle at April's Shanghai Auto Show - well ahead of the expected Los Angeles Motor Show debut.

Shanghai may not be the Beetle's only appearance that week however, with a New York Auto Show unveiling expected to occur just days later.

Recent spy photos of a near-unfettered test car showed that testing for the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is nearing completion, adding credence to a sooner-than-later unveiling.

The reports and photos follow news last year that the next generation Beetle will be positioned as more of a 'halo car' for the brand. And, certain to broaden its appeal, to take on a more 'masculine' look.

The new model is expected to utilise Volkswagen's 2.5 litre five-cylinder and 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engines, along with a 1.4 litre petrol-electric hybrid setup - likely as part of VW's E-Mobility programme.

An unnamed source said the new Beetle is being developed on the same platform as the recently-revealed 2011 Jetta, giving it larger proportions overall and reportedly improved dynamics.

"The design will change, slightly but there won't be anything too surprising," an unnamed source told Britain's Autocar. "It will have more interior space and slightly different proportions.

“It is more contoured, with additional structuring and defined feature lines used to help to break up the simple surfacing and unadorned character of the current model,” the source said.

The Beetle’s design chief, Walter de’Silva, described the design of the next-generation model as “a big step”.

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  • 288gto
    288gto says,
    5 years ago
    may have more 'Masculine Styling', but its still Beetle. Like a mini, they look good, but still a chicks car smile
  • 5valvepercylinder
    5 valve per cylinder says,
    5 years ago
    I think it would also be very true if Volkswagen could put the engine where it originally belonged - in the rear, although that we be one major re-tooling... but then it could also give this car more shove.
  • Steve Thompson says,
    5 years ago
    They could use the bluesport platform for that ^^^^ 5 valve.

    Drive a JCW MINI before you decide they're a chick's car 288gto
  • Anthony Mindel says,
    5 years ago
    Being based on the next Jetta might be a big step forward for the new Beetle...
  • Collin Siu says,
    5 years ago
    Looks fat and heavy, needs chrome here and there. It's okay
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