Discontinued from the Indian market a little over two years ago, the iconic Beetle returns again to the Indian auto industry. Tagged as the iconic 21st Century Beetle, there isn’t much of a difference when it comes to comparing the new Beetle with the old one which was discontinued, if you talk only of the design. But under the hood, the new Beetle is a completely new car for India.
The one which was discontinued in 2013, was powered by an ageing 2.0 liter petrol motor that generated max power of 116 PS and peak torque of 172 Nm. This engine was then mated to a 6 speed AT.
Speaking about the engine of new Beetle, it gets a modern-day 1.4 liter TSI petrol engine that generates 150 PS and peak torque of 250 Nm. This engine is mated to a state of the art 7 speed DSG gearbox, delivering a mileage of 17.68 kmpl. Other technical specs which improve the drive and handling of the new Beetle are 4-link rear suspension and Electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering.
Specs of new Beetle
Exterior features on board new Beetle are Bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights ( DRL), Front fog lamps with static cornering function, LED License plate lights, Panoramic tilt/slide sunroof, Protective side moldings in body color with chrome strip, Rear spoiler, Body-colored bumpers and door handles, Green heat-insulating glass in side and rear windows.
A two door luxury small car, VW Beetle has can accommodate upto five adults, though four would be ideal for a long and comfortable journey. Interior features on offer include “Vienna” leather seats, Leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with Multi-function display, audio and telephone controls, Leather hand brake lever handle and gearshift knob, Paddle shift, Door and side trim panel partially in leather, 2 front reading lights, Mood lighting on front speaker surround- 3 colours, Illuminated vanity mirrors in sun visors, and Chrome trim for rotary light switch and controls of AC system.
Convenience features on offer are Climatronic dual-zone auto air-conditioning system, Multi-function display “Plus”, Sound system with 8 speakers USB interface, AUX-IN and Bluetooth connectivity, Instrument cluster with electronic speedometer, odometer, tripmeter and tachometer, Front seats with height adjustment, Start/stop system with generative braking, Auto-dimming interior mirror, Auto headlamp activation, Rain sensor, and Cruise control system.
Available in four body colours of Habanero Orange, Oryx White, Tornado Red and Blue Silk; new Beetle safety features include Driver’s and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation, Combined curtain and side airbags, Electronic Stability Control with driver steering recommendation, ABS, ASR, EDL and EDTC, Disc brakes, Front underbody guard, ISOFIX- Child seat mounting points, 3-point seat belts in front with belt tensioner, Two 3-point seat belts, rear
Front & rear head restraints, Hill hold control, Electronic immobilizer, Front & rear Park distance control, with acoustic warning and graphical display, Brake pad wear indicator, and Seat belt reminder.