Volkswagen is giving the Beetle range in Europe a mild revision to keep up with the times.

One of the most iconic nameplates in VW’s range is getting redesigned bumpers if you go for the Basic or Design line models. These are now flatter to enable a sportier appearance for the cute little car which in the top-spec R-Line specification also gets revised bumpers. Other changes applied for the European version include tinted LED taillights along with 17-inch Philadelphia or 18-inch Ravenna Adamantium wheels for the Design Line and R-Line models.

Some changes have also occurred inside the cabin where the Euro Beetle now has brighter instrument panel lighting as well as updated styling for the dials and dashpad on the Design Line and R-Line versions. VW is adding three new upholstery options and a new finish for the center console to spice things up and lure in buyers.

All of these novelties are available for both the coupe and cabriolet body styles which continue to be offered with three gasoline and two diesel engines, ranging in power from 105 hp (77 kW) to 220 hp (162 kW).

Pricing remains unchanged, so in Germany the entry-level Beetle Coupe with the 105-hp 1.2 TSI engine continues to cost €18,375 and €22,880 for the equivalent cabriolet. The Denim special edition introduced in United States late last year is now being offered in Europe as well from €23,600. The range will be expanded later this year with the addition of the “ALLSTAR” model from €22,775 which will have several cosmetic tweaks inside and out.

VW is also selling the Beetle in Europe in the posh Exclusive trim based on the Design and R-Line equipment lines. These are obviously more expensive and kick off at €24,200 for the coupe and €28,550 if you want the cabriolet.

The order books are already open, but you will have to wait until the middle of June for the 220-hp Beetle in the R-Line specification.

You may want to grab the Beetle while you still can as back in April we heard a rumor about VW’s plans to (once again) axe the model towards the end of 2018.

Source: Volkswagen

2016 Volkswagen Beetle for Europe

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Volkswagen freshens up Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet

  • Sporty bumpers, new colours and materials together with numerous options for individualisation bring a fresh new look
  • New special model Denim launches with jeans roof
  • Further special models Allstar and Exclusive also available for ordering now

Volkswagen freshens up its range for the Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet and is now offering a bright bouquet of new models: from the classic production model with many new options for individualisation to the special model Denim and the Beetle Exclusive – there is a real treat in store for Beetle lovers.

A lifestyle story with tradition moves on. The Beetle, one of the most emotive sides of the Volkswagen brand, scores immediately with a number of new features. Gleaming paint finish options for the Beetle include "Bottle Green Metallic" and "White Silver Metallic". The bumpers (in the Basic & Design line) have also been redesigned and are now flatter and hence sportier. The R-Line equipment line (formerly Beetle Sport) is also fitted with further modified bumpers. An additional ventilation opening above the bumper indicates added dynamics. Other genuine highlights are the tinted LED rear lights and the 17-inch "Philadelphia" wheels as well as the 18-inch "Ravenna Adamantium" wheels, which are available as order options for the Design Line and R-Line.

Brighter instrument panel lighting, a new dial and dashpad styling for the Design Line and R-Line bring an added glow to the interior of the cult Volkswagen model. Further individualisation options comprise three new upholstery materials and contemporary style packages that introduce even more colour to the interior. A coloured paint finish for the centre console is one particular way of setting individual accents. In contrast, the "Black Style Package" delivers wheels, mirror caps and roof with a black paint finish.

The new edition of the Beetle is available as a Coupé1 and a Cabriolet2 in the equipment lines of Basic, Design and R-Line. As before, the choice of power units ranges from models with 77 kW / 105 PS up to 162 kW / 220 PS, encompassing three strong petrol engines and two efficient diesels.

Despite the update, prices have not changed and in the case of the Coupé start from €18,375 for the 1.2 l TSI engine with 77 kW/105 PS. Prices for the Cabriolet start at €22,800.

Denim special model

The name says it all in the features for this special model. The new Beetle special model "Denim" now launching is based on the "Jeans Beetle" from 1974. Authentic, trendy and sporty are the overriding characteristics of this model with a "Stonewashed Blue Metallic" paint finish, which lend it an exceptional jeans look. The jeans-coloured convertible roof and 17-inch "Circle" wheels in "Dark Graphite" paint finish with chrome cap are truly special features. Denim style is also reflected in the interior. Sport seats with blue covers and storage pockets in jeans style as well as an aluminium-blue matt-coloured dashpad set modern and sporty accents. The Beetle Denim special model starts at €23.600 with the entry-level engine specification.

For those who like it sportier: the R-Line interior package

The updated Beetle R-Line interior package is available as an option for the R-Line equipment lines. This package includes R-Line logos on the sill panel mouldings and on the head restraints as well as an R-Line multifunction sport leather steering wheel. The R-Line interior package can be ordered with "Kyalami" design textile seat covers or in "Vienna leather". The entry-level price for the R-Line interior package is €895.

The successful special model ALLSTAR is continued

By the end of 2016, the special model "ALLSTAR" will again be available for order at an entry-level price of €22,775. This special model is characterised by sill panel mouldings with the "ALLSTAR" lettering, the 17-inch alloy wheels in "Linas" styling, Climatronic air conditioning system with two-zone temperature control, the Composition Media radio system incl. navigation system "Discover Media" and the legendary "Beetle compartment".

Beetle Exclusive – everything just a little bit more elegant

The special models Beetle Exclusive – and Beetle Cabriolet Exclusive – are based on the Design and R-Line equipment lines. On the exterior, the special model makes its mark with features such as alloy wheels in "Twister" style in black with bright machined surface (incl. wheel locks that offer extra anti-theft protection). The interior impresses with a black dashpad and aluminium sill panel mouldings bearing the lettering "Volkswagen Exclusive". The seat centre panels and side bolsters are finished in "Nappa" leather. A genuine bonus is the Cool Leather, which remains cool and supple even in sunlight and thus ensures the best possible comfort. Prices for the special model Beetle Exclusive start from €24,200 and the special model Beetle Cabriolet Exclusive from €28,550.

Advance sales of all Beetle models starts immediately. R-Line with the top-engine (162 kW/220 PS) can be ordered as from middle of June.