Debuting at the L.A Motor Show this week are two new 2016 Beetles from Volkswagen… who cleverly left the diesels at home. The German carmaker is keeping a relatively low profile (and apologising profusely) after the emissions scandal, but still managed to create a buzz around its new models.
We think fans of the popular bug will be pleased to see VW’s modern twists on two iconic originals.
First up is the Beetle Denim, inspired by the original 1974 Jeans Bug. Arriving in early 2016, this model will only be available in convertible and have a limited run of just 2,000 units. This U.S exclusive comes in two colour choices: Pure White and Stonewashed Blue – each an equal spilt of 1,000.
The jeans-inspired car doesn’t stop with the denim-look roof exterior. The interior boasts light-blue denim coloured seating, white piping, dark blue accents, and the seat pockets resemble the back pockets on your favourite pair of jeans. There’s even a small red tag with Beetle sewn on.
The new Beetle Denim comes equipped with VW’s latest MIB II infotainment system and a 5.0-inch touchscreen display. VW has said it’ll be the “value model” in the Beetle convertible lineup, but you better get in quick if you want one of these limited edition cars.
Next up is the Beetle Dune, and yes it even looks like a sand dune. Less exclusive but still impressive, the Dune will be available as a coupe starting early 2016 and a convertible trim will be ready for later in the year.
The Dune has been given a true 2016 make over. Featuring a wider track, large wheel arch extensions, new front and rear fascias, LED tail-lamps, new bumper design, and aluminium side-view mirrors.
Inside are sports seats with contrast stitching, a leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel, VW’s newest MIB II infotainment system, a 6.3-inch screen with capacitive touch sensor, and Car-Net connectivity as standard.
The Dune comes in three exclusive colour options: Sandstorm Yellow, Pure White and Deep Black Pearl.
Both new Beetles will be powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged and direct-injection TSI four-cylinder engine, to give 170bhp and 184lb-ft of torque, controlled by a six-speed transmission.
Only time will tell if the emissions scandal has tainted Volkswagen’s reputation enough to affect non-diesel sales, but we think the Beetle Denim is pretty great.
Will you be ordering one of the limited 2,000?