Volkswagen's all-new and re-imagined Beetle is now on sale in Australia, following its international unveiling at the 2011 New York Auto Show.
Arriving with a 1.4 litre 'twin-charged' petrol engine, the 2013 Beetle kicks off at $29,990 in manual form and $32,490 for the automatic.
The special Fender Edition revealed last year is also available, the guitar-themed model equipped with the same engine and priced at $34,490.
A more powerful 147kW version of the new Beetle is available overseas, however Volkswagen PR boss Karl Gehling told TMR today that, for now, it is not on the cards for Australia. "We have no plans at the moment, but would not rule it out," he said.
Style And Size
The new Beetle carries the badge's iconic features but with a strong new stance: the bubble styling of its predecessor replaced with a more masculine look.
A sharper coupe-like roofline harks back to the original Beetle, and there's also tougher guards, a longer and flatter bonnet, 911-style headlights and shapelier, more defined taillights.
The new design brings more advantages than just a sportier look, with the longer roof and more distinct C-pillar meaning that passengers familiar with the previous model will be greeted by a noticeable increase in rear headroom.
The improved space in the rear is also thanks to the new Beetle's longer body, measuring around 150mm longer than its predecessor. The wheelbase has also grown marginally, now measuring 2524mm.
The 2012 Beetle is also a good 84mm wider than the old 'New Beetle', and its overall height has been cut by 15mm.
The Beetle will be offered with a range of engines internationally, but for now Australian options are limited to Volkswagen's 118kW and 240Nm 1.4 litre petrol engine.
Six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG automatic transmissions are available with the regular Beetle model, while the Fender can be had only with the DSG.
Volkswagen promises a 0-100km/h sprint time of 8.3 seconds, and fuel consumption is listed at 6.8 l/100km with the manual and 6.4 l/100km with the DSG.
The Beetle's suspension package includes McPherson struts up front and a Torsion beam setup at the rear with trailing arms and coil springs.
Braking is managed by ventilated discs up front and solid discs at the rear, assisted by ABS, Brake Assist, ESP, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and an Extended Electronic Differential Lock.
Available in one specification grade, the Beetle comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a multifunction leather steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control, parking sensors, power windows and colour-coded dash and door panels.
Optional extras include Volkswagen's RNS510 satellite navigation system, panoramic electric glass sunroof and Vienna leather trim.
Two add-on packages are also available for the Beetle. Technology Package with Bi-Xenons and LED driving lights, keyless access, electronic exterior mirrors, low tyre pressure indicators and LED rear number plate light.
There's also the Sport Package with 18” Twister alloy wheels, dark tinted windows (side and rear), sports instruments on dashboard, and steering wheel gearshift paddles (for DSG).
Safety features include dual front and side/head airbags, ABS braking and ESP.
In the Fender Edition, there's a a 400W Fender audio package with a 10-channel amplifier, nine speakers, a subwoofer and four 'deluxe' tweeters.
There's also black leatherette trim, brown decorative stitching throughout, and colour trimmed floor mats.
On the outside, there's a Deep Black metallic finish, 18-inch Disc alloy wheels, chromed mirror caps and Fender badges.
The exterior standard specification also includes LED rear number plate light, Bi-Xenon headlamps and LED daytime driving lights with the automatic self-levelling function.
- 2013 Volkswagen Beetle - 1.4 TSI Manual - $29,990
- 2013 Volkswagen Beetle - 1.4 TSI DSG - $32,490
- 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Fender - 1.4 TSI DSG - $34,490
Note: prices exclude on-road costs.