Four New VW Beetle Concepts That Can Make It into Production
Volkswagen has been very busy lately. Unfortunately, they haven’t prepared a revving surprise (like the all-new Phaeton) for the 2015 New York Auto Show, but they introduced four new VW Beetle concepts. They aren’t very explicit about their plans. Using lots of modal verbs and hazy formulations, they said that all of the Beetle concepts displayed in New York “could make it into production in the near future”.
There are four very different concepts – two coupes and two convertibles. Fashionable and highly-stylized, those Beetles are a manifestation of Volkswagen’s imaginative eccentricity, but they are also clever market moves.
Volkswagen Beetle Pink Color Edition
Following the demand on the American and Chinese market, they decided to introduce the Volkswagen Beetle Pink Color Edition. How is this different from a regular Beetle painted in pink? Well, the Beetle Pink Color Edition has only one hue available – Pink Metallic – and its side body moldings and side mirror housings are painted in gray. Some of the R-Line’s design elements have been borrowed in order to provide more impressive appearance.
Inside the VW Beetle Pink Color Edition, the German automaker used chrome, aluminum and black details to contrast its striking Pink Metallic which is virtually everywhere. From the subtle details, like the steering wheel and shift lever stitching to air vent surrounds and door panels, the Pink Metallic is a leitmotif inside, but they’re able to expand its presence if they learn that this is what the market wants.
The Volkswagen Beetle Pink Color Edition is a coupe, but it could be produced as a convertible, too.
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Denim
Speaking of convertible, they introduced the VW Beetle Convertible Denim. This concept is inspired by denim as an indispensable cloth in the modern world. Painted in Stonewashed Blue Metallic color and with a denim-looking soft top, this concept doesn’t look as unusual as it sounds. Of course it’s a bit buggy (pun intended), but it looks calmer than expected.
The Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Denim concept is displayed in Stonewashed Blue Metallic, but there are nine other colors available if the car ever makes it to the production stage. The convertible’s interior is influenced by the denim theme, so there are numerous blue elements and our favorite – denim-looking pockets on the seats.
The automaker said that the Beetle Convertible Denim has a 1.8-liter TSI engine under the hood. It’s good for 170 horsepower which is pretty fine for a fashionable convertible.
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Wave
The VW Beetle Convertible Wave is the second Beetle convertible at this year’s New York Auto Show. The automaker said that this convertible is “designed to enjoy the summer, whether in the Hamptons or in Santa Monica”. This car is painted in Habanero Orange Metallic and it sits atop of Tornado 19-inch alloy wheels that are complementary to the chrome side mirrors.
The interior of the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Wave is a tasteful blend of modern day technology and classic design elements, such as the wood dashboard that resembles the classic surfboard pattern.
Volkswagen Beetle R-Line Concept
The Volkswagen Beetle R-Line is a Beetle possessed by a sporty spirit. Its exterior is a clear statement that there’s a very aggressive engine under the hood. This engine, naturally, can’t be compared with powerful supercars, but its 217-hp power output is more than enough to enjoy the R-Line’s performance. The Beetle R-Line concept is motivated by a 2.0-liter TSI engine. This is an ideal mix for demanding people who would like handsome and casual Beetle style to be completed with not-so-ordinary performance.
The VW Beetle R-Line concept is an athletic Beetle. Its sporty bumpers, slightly wider body, rear diffuser and rear spoiler, large air vents and overall aggressive appearance are in perfect balance with 20-inch Monterey aluminum-alloy wheels. The car is painted in Oryx White Pearl that contrasts high-gloss black moldings and black side mirror caps.
Inside the Beetle R-Line concept the automaker used carbon-fiber style finish, sport bucket seats and other features that contribute to the overall sporty feel.
Photos: Volkswagen of America