Apparently Volkswagen has had it with people calling the Beetle “cute,” because for 2012 the iconic model is getting a sportier personality and a more dynamic look. Characterized by what VW calls “a clean, self-confident and dominant sportiness,” the 2012 Beetle has a lower profile, a wider stance, a longer hood, and a more inclined windshield.
Three engines are on the options list for 2012: a 2.5-liter five-cylinder gasoline engine; a 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel; and a 2.0L TSI turbocharged gasoline engine that cranks out 200 hp and 207 lb.-ft of torque while delivering an estimated 30 mpg on the highway.
Inside the 2012 VW Beetle is an interior with a painted or carbon-look dashboard that evokes the original Beetle. Three round instruments are arrayed in front of the driver, with a multifunction display in the middle. The optional panoramic tilt/slide glass sunroof blocks 99 percent of UV radiation and 92 percent of heat energy.
The longer roof section allows more room in the rear seating area, and the trunk holds 10.9 cubic feet of cargo. A split-folding rear seat makes loading and unloading easier.
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle will be available in two trim lines, Design and Sport, with plenty of options available for both, such as premium sound systems, keyless entry and starting, Bi-Xenon headlights, and LED running lights. All Beetles will be covered by VW’s Carefree Maintenance Program, which covers all scheduled maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.