The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle represents the third generation of the internationally beloved car model and it is ready to go on sale in the United States this fall. At launch, it will be available in two models, the Sporty Turbo and the Beetle, while a TDI Clean Diesel is expected to go on sale in 2012 and it will be the most fuel-efficient Beetle ever made.
Volkswagen's design team aimed to develop a modern interpretation of the Beetle that would feature today's technologies and safety features, resulting in a great spirit and heritage although it appears to be quite hard to reinterpret an original. The designers managed to pay a tribute to the past and at the same time dared to look at the future. The overall look of the car is more dynamic and bolder with a lower roof profile and breaking free of the design geometry described by three main semi-circles-front fender, rear fender, and domed roof above it. The top surface of the rear spoiler is black, while the underside is painted in body color. The width of the 2012 Beetle is of 71.2 inches and its height reaches 58.5 inches, while the length is of 168.4 inches. The styling of the interior is unique with three round gauges arranged in front of the driver, ensuring all key information at a glance. The special design of the steering wheel shows optional painted accents in the spokes, largely depending on the equipment line.
An extra glove box was integrated into the dashboard-the kaeferfach or "Beetle bin", while the selected audio/navigation system is framed by two air vents located in the driver's field of vision on the dashboard.
When the seats are folded, the capacity increases to 29.9 cubic feet as the trunk is significantly larger, providing 15.4 cubic feet of space.
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle will be available at launch with two engines and transmissions, a 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic and the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine connected to a six-speed automatic.
During 2012, the Beetle will become available with Volkswagen's highly efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel engine that produces 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.
Furthermore, ABS with electronic brake pressure distribution will be available as standard for all Beetle models. The Beetle comes standard with the RCD 310 sound system with eight speakers; an optional Premium VIII audio system features a CD changer, interface for SD cards, a touchscreen, and a navigation system. The Turbo is available as Turbo, Turbo with sunroof and Turbo with sunroof, sound, and Navi. The 2.5-liter model features four trim levels, embodied by Beetle, 2.5 Beetle, 2.5 Beetle with sunroof and 2.5 Beetle with sunroof, sound, and Navi.
As far as safety and security are concerned, the Carefree Maintenance program covers the 21st century Beetle, also including an advanced Intelligent Crash Response System that unlocks the doors and switches on the hazard lights if the car is in a collision.
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