• Jun 22, 2008


Click above to view the VW Ragster concept in hi res

With retro rides – from the Fiat 500 to the Dodge Challenger – popping up left, right and center, it would be all to easy to forget the vehicle that started the trend: Volkswagen's New Beetle. Now with ten years on the road since introduction in 1998, the New Beetle is getting a little long in the tooth, but VW is preparing to launch its successor. However, while the current version is available only in two versions (coupe and cabrio), the next iteration may come with a few new twists in the lineup, mirroring the steadily-evolving range of variants of the MINI. That is, if the latest reports are to be believed.

Engineering is tipped to already be underway in Germany, with styling being carried out in California and production confirmed to continue in Mexico. Among the new body styles reportedly under consideration in Wolfsburg are a two-seat speedster version, as previewed by the Ragster concept from Detroit '05, and a potential SUV like the 2000 Beetle Dune concept. The next Beetle is tipped to be based on the current Mk5 Golf/Rabbit, rather than the upcoming sixth-generation platform.


[Source: 4Car]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd like to see Mazda RX8 style doors on the New New Beetle. The latest news on the up! kills the hope of a rear engined/rear drive version. A price reduction would be nice too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks good .... gave an edge to the current beetle that looks abit too girlie ....
      • 6 Years Ago
      EPIC FAIL.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No. Just... no.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not that bad. There are uglier cars out there. (Prius, Ford products, French cars)
        • 6 Years Ago
        An ugly car list and the Aztek wasnt number one???
      • 6 Years Ago
      The "New Beetle" started the retro trend? That's news to me...all this time I thought it was the 1992 concept that brought modern engine and manufacturing technology to the Cobra formula, and then against all odds made it to production unadulterated as the Dodge Viper.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A set of rear doors like the Mazda RX8 "Freestyle" doors would be a big improvement. http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/displayPage.action?pageParameter=modelsVideoTour&vehicleCode=RX8 A rear engined and/or rear drive version seems unlikely. http://www.autoblog.com/2008/06/20/production-vw-up-may-drop-rear-engine-and-rwd/
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And out of left field...
      • 6 Years Ago
      SUV Beetle, you mean a Dune Buggy?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Two words: Suicide Doors

      Make that ride easier for people to use as their only car, lose the ridiculous distance to the front of the dash, add a tdi, an it's good to go.

      You can still keep the iconic look, yet make it more useful.
      • 6 Years Ago
      someone seriously efed up the stitching on the front drivers seat..
      and yeah its ugly..
      a new new beetle has been overdue for a while now.. but they need to scrap it or do something all-new.. rear engine sounds nice.. and they were trying it with the up!
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