German carmaker Volkswagen will launch the facelifted Volkswagen Beetle in India during 2017. The changes will be limited to cosmetic updates only.
Meant to launch in 2017, the Beetle facelift is expected to make its way to Indian shores during the fourth quarter of next year. The Beetle will be built in Mexico, and will be sold in India as a Completely Built Unit (CBU).
The first generation Beetle sold in India recorded 500 units sold, and Volkswagen is expecting a similar number in terms of sales with the current generation Beetle.
Although changes will be cosmetic, the overall design language of the Beetle will remain the same, carrying forward its 70-year heritage. The car's overall proportions too will remain unchanged. Design changes could be minimal, yet uplifting enough to give the hatchback a fresh look.
Under the hood, the 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine that produces 147bhp will continue to its duty, mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox.
The facelifted Beetle is expected to make a global debut during the first half of 2017, but its Indian entry will have to wait, making way for the Passat and Tiguan first. Stay tuned for more updates.