A chip off a aged block: The 2012 Beetle is all new, though a classical tie is obvious

Posted on 26. Jul, 2011 by in Volkswagen Canada

Guilty as charged: a 2012 Beetle looks opposite from models past. We consider that’s a good thing. Not that we don’t adore a aged Bugs—they’ll always have a place in a hearts. It’s only that, well, this new Beetle unequivocally is something special. And partial of what creates it so special is a apparent tie to a automotive ancestors. From a really initial glance, we know that it’s a Beetle.

We sent automotive genealogist (OK, Volkswagen Digital Marketing Manager) Brian Chee to Berlin to get a closer demeanour during a 2012 Beetle and inspect what’s opposite and what creates it a Beetle by and through. Here’s what he had to say:

Yep. You’re right. The 2012 Beetle lacks both a chrome fender and a separate back window, and a engine is adult front. But that doesn’t meant a all-new chronicle wasn’t desirous by one of a bestselling cars ever. In fact, after saying them side-by-side, we can tell we that a family similarity is immediately apparent. From a extraneous pattern to interior facilities meant to simulate a strange model’s intelligent and elementary purpose, a impulse drawn from a past–and practical with a complicated interpretation–is clear.

A discerning peek during a back styling of a 2012 VW Beetle reveals a tie to the Beetle’s heritage. Volkswagen Brand Design Chief Klaus Bischoff and group drew impulse from a original, translating a iconic character into a Beetle for today’s world, with twin exhaust, 19-inch wheels and accessible facilities such as a breathtaking roof, keyless entry, a reduce profile, a longer hood and a steeper front windshield. They also stretched a Beetle 3.3 inches wider and 6 inches longer, formulating a some-more absolute appearance.

Check out a back spoiler, below. With a black tip and physique tone underside, it’s entirely integrated into a pattern of a Beetle, adds to a sporty persona and hints during performance: a 2.0L TSI® turbocharged gasoline engine, graphic here, will be offering with a DSG 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. At 200 hp and 207 lb.-ft of torque, a turbo will be a sportiest Beetle offered–though you’d be tough pulpy to contend no to a 2012 VW Beetle 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel, interjection to 140 hp and 236 lb.-ft of torque.

When it comes to a car’s interior, times (and laws) have changed, not to discuss record and comfort. Case in point: while Beetle birthright cues continue with, among other things, accessible embellished dashboards and an additional glove box integrated into a dash, a all-new 2012 Beetle is entirely complicated and designed from a driver’s indicate of view.

Framed by twin atmosphere vents, a comparison audio/navigation complement is optimally located in a driver’s visible margin on a dashboard. Climate controls are situated only below, within easy reach. Key reward facilities accessible on a 2012 VW Beetle embody a Fender Premium Audio System, that adds an additional subwoofer and 400 watts of outlay energy along with exclusive Panasonic® orator record that covers a cabin with directional sound from front doorway speakers and front twin voice curl speakers.

I don’t consider you’ll get that kind of sound in a classical Beetle, unless we implement it yourself. And while a interior of both cars are worlds divided in terms of comfort and technology, it’s satisfactory to contend that there’s one unchanging theme: simplicity. Back in 1951, a Beetle was elementary to understand, expostulate and live with. Today’s Beetle’s interior is a good instance of simple, polished pattern meant to be enjoyed by newcomer and driver.

– Brian Chee


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