• Jan 12, 2010
Time keeps on slippin' into the future, and cars keep on gettin' bigger. The Volkswagen New Beetle was shown at the LA Auto Show in various Final Edition guises, and the second word on the next edition is that it will be built on the Jetta platform. The first word was that Volkswagen wants the bubbleback's next design to be more masculine, which probably means – and this is just a guess – you can kiss that flower vase goodbye.

All of this rumormongering comes out of the UK's Autocar magazine, who opine that an increase in size would also help up the masculinity factor and make for more room in that Leprechaun-sized back seat. The current Jetta's wheelbase is 101.5 inches, whereas the New Beetle measures up at 98.80 inches. Those 2.7 inches don't sound like a lot of extra room to play with – especially when considering the New Beetle's rainbow canopy – but with some imaginative design and innovative packaging, a noticeable improvement doesn't seem out of reach.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      So its front engine front wheel drive? : (

      Here I was hoping the merger with Porsche and a resurgence in retro would make them move the engine back behind the driver, where it belongs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      More masculine Beetle? It better be quick and handle great like the MINI and the Fiat... it's going to take a while for guys to realize that it is more masculine.

      It is understandable if a man drives a Cooper... he could argue it's nimbleness, handling, and torquey motor (at least the 2007+ turbo motors).

      The Beetle on the other hand... well... I'll leave it at that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny, the other day I passed a couple old beetles and realized how gigantic the new one is in comparison and thought "hmm, they really need to shrink the beetle down".

      Guess they had other thoughts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet this means it's heavier / slower :|
      Basically it's a funny shape VW golf now eh..

      And while i'm at it, what's up with putting a 2.5 engine in your smallest car, vee dub??
      Wasn't the bug supposed to be ya know.. fuel efficient, small, and simple?
      • 5 Years Ago
      disappointing, since i was left with the impression that the Up! platform will eventually be used on a beetle. Rear-engine, RWD, lots of internal room, that would have been a proper beetle. The current one is ridiculous, you can put one of the old ones ON THE FRONT DASH! I mean, there is obviously no room in the front for the engine, because of the headlamps, so they decided to put it in the cabin, thus taking half of it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree that the original Up! platform would have been ideal. But even the Up! platform has switched to front-engine, FWD. Bummer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i hope they make the 'dune' version reality this time.
      with AWD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When will the upsizing STOP!? People buy the bug because it's cute and small. Not because they want to carry four 6' 240lb people and all their luggage around.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you at all familiar with how vw builds cars? The outgoing beetle is also based on the jetta platform, and the old golf and gti. They're all the MkV platform.

        It doesn't take too much thinking to realize it's going to be about the same size, just as we know the ncc is going to be the new jetta, isn't any longer, but sports a longer wheelbase pushing the wheels closer to the corners of the car, reducing overhang.

        There's no reasonable excuse to fear the beetle will be 'upsized'. Not in this article, not according to vw... unless you have documentation we're not privy to.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Beetle, Golf and Jetta are all on the same platform.

        It's just different wheelbases.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't the New Beetle already on the Golf platform which the same as the Jetta platform but with a trunk. Is this saying that the new Beetle will be a sedan?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The mk6 Golf & mk6 Jetta are actually on slightly different iterations of the PQ35 platform. the mk6 Golf is on updated version of the mk5 car (PQ35), while the mk6 Jetta is what's considered "PQ35 Low," according to vwvortex/thecarlounge's insider (Jamie). It's one step closer to the next gen platform. Not sure what the "low" stands for.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, that confused me too.

        Basically, what I read out of this is that the next Beetle is going to be just like the previous one, built on the Golf platform (which is the basis for the Jetta).

        Doesn't seem as though there's really any news here if this AB story from October is any indication.

        http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/12/report-next-new-beetle-will-have-bigger-back-seat/

        quote - "Jacoby says the next Beetle will have a larger rear quarters and better packaging, without growing much beyond its current dimensions." -

        A bump up to the new platform sure would seems to satisfy those requirements.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the confusion comes from earlier rumors that the Beetle would use the Up! platform.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Original New Beetle was based on Golf, it had the same platform as Bora (that's old days Jetta), TT, A3, Skoda Octavia, Seat Leon....

        So in a way it will use the same platform as before.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new Beetle is cute, but way to huge. Parking next to one in my Jetta you can totally tell that it is bigger. The next one should be either a nice coupe size, or a Audi TT size car. But if the new one is AWD I might have to get one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The New Beetle isn't even that small. Park it next to a Golf and it looks bigger. The problem is with the function-follows-trendy-design curved roof that compromises interior space.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly!
        I remember seeing a VW New Beetle on the streets one day while visiting Tokyo and thinking, "My god, the New Beetle is gigantic!"

        It's not actually that small... but I think VW will keep it roughly the same size... or I hope...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's make it the same size as the original and/or super beetle, oh and put the engine in the back too.... probably not going to be able to get away with an air cooled engine due to smog restrictions now, but if you do it right, you could go back to your roots and drive up a lot of interest at the same time...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Imagine if VW had gone ahead and built the 1994 Concept 1 vehicle instead of the bloated but lovable current edition of the Beetle. With the Concept 1 they'd be a decade ahead of everyone else now in small car market penetration.

      Still, the New Beetle has sold a million or so units so it's not exactly a flop. It is too bad that VW never had the market understanding to take the New Beetle as far as it could go. Ever see the New Beetle RSi in person? Fantastic car! They should have down spec'd it a bit and kicked butt in the tuner market but that would take marketing imagination, something sadly lacking at VW in the US past and present.

      Also, as a secure, heterosexual male, I'm comfortable driving my New Beetle despite the image foisted upon it by those less secure in their masculinity. The ladies do love the car and of course see me as a sensitive, caring, and trustworthy man worthy of their attention. You guys missed a lot of fun by passing on the New Beetle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        New Beetle RSi, yes i did see it once.

        me wished i could afford it, + the insurance.
        only very few build.
        definitely a collectors item.
        cool rims
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