• Apr 7th 2010 at 4:01PM
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The Volkswagen New Beetle hasn't exactly been, well, "New," for many years now. However, a report from AutoWeek states that the Bug will get a much-needed overhaul later this year, with a concept car expected to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show near the end of 2010. Following the show car debut, the production New Beetle should be hitting U.S. dealers in May of 2011.

AW reports that design sources within Volkswagen indicate that the new New Beetle will take styling cues from the 2005 Ragster concept (pictured). What's more, the next-generation car will have a stronger focus on driving dynamics, rather than overall retro style. As for powertrains, the U.S. can expect both the 2.5-liter five-cylinder and 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder mills to be under-hood, with a twin-charged 1.4-liter gasoline/electric hybrid reportedly in the works. Five- and six-speed manual transmissions will be offered, as well as an optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

But while all this is well and good, will a styling and dynamic overhaul be enough to revive the New Beetle's momentum here in the U.S., or will it simply go the way of the original Beetle in just a few years time? Have your say, in comments.

[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Won't they need a higher front bumper design for new pedestrian crash standards in Europe?
      • 5 Years Ago

      Why the so called "retro" cars are so beautiful and the so called "modern"cars loooks all garbage??????
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've read it will have a back end like a Porsche, and a front like the VW Up! concepts. So--can we stop using these flat-roof Ragster photos?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "the new New Beetle will take styling cues from the 2005 Ragster concept" The ragster looks exactly like the current beetle, save for a flat roofline!
      • 5 Years Ago
      every time i want to rag on this tired, tired, car (mmmm 12 years old ftl) i look at vw's sales. still selling more than routan and t-reg combined, and just a dozen or so units shy of the cc.

      what the hell.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think that says more about the marketing behind the CC than the popularity of the Beetle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      honestly, this car has to die. just let it go and leave it to bask in its former glory while there is still some good memories left of it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      vw sucks; no r20 but they send this pos, whatever.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its NOT an R20, GTI-R or anything like that. The name is Golf R.

        Bring the Golf R now!
      • 5 Years Ago
      They need to make it cool, not just nostalgic. There are a lot of cool Old Beetles out here in CA that I'd definitely rock, but I can't see any of the New Beetles being anything but chick cars. If they could capture that custom dumped in the front, chrome Porsche weel'd, canvas sunroof'd, two tone'd, stinger exhaust attitude they would appeal to a much bigger audience - at least out here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      VW used New Beetle for the name cause at the time of introduction (1998), the original Beetle was still in production in Mexico.

      About all they can take from the Ragster is the roofline. The body of that concept was hinted as the facelift for the NB in 05/06 and is what we currently have.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like it finally grew a pair.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would prefer a well restored old Beetle.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This ride be looking shweet!! I wouldn't mind having one in my garage
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