We take the lid off the next-gen Volkswagen Beetle, set for a 2010 concept launch, and 2011 market launch. The story inside.

The next-generation Volkswagen Beetle concept will be introduced at the Los Angeles auto show in November, according to Autocar.  Citing unidentified sources, the magazine claims the car will get a renewed look, and should feature more inspired engine choices as it is prepped for a 2011 market release.

A 2.0-liter engine producing 210 bhp (213 PS, 157 kW) could be seen on the car, more powerful than any engine currently sold on the vehicle.  Also expected are 1.4-liter 160 bhp (162 PS, 119 kW) and 1.2-liter 105 bhp (106 PS, 78 kW) petrol engines.  Diesel offerings could include 2.0-liter 140 bhp (142 PS, 104 kW) and 1.6-liter 105 bhp (106 PS, 78 kW) units.  Customers in the US might get the chance to purchase the car with a five-cylinder 2.5-liter model cranking out 170 bhp (172 PS, 127 kW).

The company is also toying with the idea of producing a hybrid version of the car.

Autocar says the vehicle will have a wider stance and longer wheelbase as it will be produced at the same plant, and on the same architecture, as the VW Jetta.  The Beetle is expected to get a MacPherson strut front, torsion beam rear suspension, though a multi-link rear is also possible.

Look for exterior changes to be inspired by the 2005 Volkswagen Ragster concept.  “It is more contoured, with additional structuring and defined feature lines used to help to break up the simple surfacing and unadorned character of the current model,” said one source to the magazine.

It could get the Ragster's flattened roof, while "screen angles are less extreme," said the source.  Iconic features, like rounded lighting and wings over each wheel, will likely stay the same.  Interior changes should be extensive, providing a more functional and comfortable space, with increases for cargo space.  Look for Volkswagen to provide a wide range of options to allow customers to better personalize their cars, as is the trend these days.

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