Volkswagen Beetle Ups Its Style Game — Is It Retro Enough Now?

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German carmaker Volkswagen has unveiled the 2017 model year Beetle lineup at the Beetle Sunshine Tour in Germany.

The new Beetle brings in a whole array of style updates, new safety features, and the new range-topping R-Line which replaces the Sports variants. The new Beetle is available in both coupe and cabriolet form.

The new Beetle lineup is available with three different engine options: a 1.2-litre petrol, 1.4-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel. The 1.2-litre petrol engine produces 103.5bhp while the 1.4-litre engine pushes out 148bhp. The 2.0-litre diesel is available in two states of tune – 108.5bhp and 148bhp. The 1.2-litre petrol engine and the 2.0-litre diesel are available with both manual and automatic gearbox options while the 1.4-litre petrol engine is only available with a manual.  

Design wise, the Beetle features a more sculpted body along with a whole of new fabrics which will allow customization levels like never before. The changes include a restyled front bumper with larger openings around the indicators and the fog lamps which give them a sense of depth.

The brand new R-Line series features a more sporty bumper with extra air intakes along the upper edge. The R-Line sits on 18-inch alloy wheels which are available in two different styles: Twister and Ashmie Adamantium. At the rear, the R-Line features a spoiler along with a body-coloured diffuser and twin chrome exhausts. 

There are also three special edition variants of the new Beetle: Beetle Denim, Beetle Allstar and the Beetle Cabriolet Karmann which offer different customization options. Also available is the Beetle Dune softroader which was unveiled earlier this year at the LA Auto Show.

The 2017 Beetle is the first Beetle ever to feature Volkswagen's Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert safety systems. Other safety features include multiple airbags along with ABS and a whole host of other safety features.

Prices for the 2017 Beetle start at £16,820 (Rs. 14,87,005).

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