• May 17, 2010
2012 Volkswagen Beetle rendering – Click above for high-res image gallery

The current Volkswagen Beetle will be going out of production later this year, but VW has promised an all-new replacement by 2012. So far VW hasn't released any teasers or sketches that indicate what the New New Beetle might look like, but we have to assume anything that retains that name will have to also have a rounded, bug-like shape. But the problem with any retro design is where do you go next?

Artist David Cardoso has created some renderings of a car that very clearly says Beetle, with its prominent wheel arches and round headlamps and greenhouse. At the same time Cardoso moves those elements forward by stretching the greenhouse and integrating those arches while ringing the headlamps with the de rigueur LED running lights. With VW's recent jump into the electric vehicle arena, a battery powertrain would be an excellent way to set a new Beetle apart from the crowd, much as the original air-cooled boxer did. If the Beetle were to be a dedicated EV, the compact electric drive system could facilitate some improved interior packaging as well.



[Source: David Cardoso via CarScoop]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like someone took a New Beetle bar of soap and used it for 4 days...

      Not gonna happen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Certainly would be an improvement. Although an RR layout is even more of one...
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is a good point...

        Out of any car, why would Beetle not be an excellent candidate for a rear-mounted driveline.

        Even if it is MR, with the transaxle behind the engine block, like most FWD cars. (something I haven't really understood, why the transaxle shouldn't be in front of a transverse engine, and the exhaust behind the engine block, toward the rear)

        But anyway... why isn't the new Beetle not the 2+2 version of the BlueSport chassis, with a pseudo-retro body. With the drivetrain pushed all the way to the back, and a trunk in the front of the car... it would resemble the original beetle layout.

        It would be something more interesting than just a bubble body on a Golf, Jetta, Scirocco, and Polo, and everything else VW builds on the same FWD hard-points.

        Plus if they build the car with a separate floorpan chassis structure, and a replaceable mounted body... versatility galore, and possibly easier accident repair. It could spark a whole new generation of kit cars, too. :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Car looks decent enough, but I just can't garner too much respect for any designer that uses Brush Script font and be serious about it. It's arguably worse than Comic Sans.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While I agree with you on the first point, you don't really understand why "Comic Sans" is such an idiotic choice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A bit to much of a redesign for such an Iconic shape. I would say maybe smooth the current model just a bit and split the rear window.
      • 4 Years Ago
      snake face
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good luck getting swinging your legs out of that front door. Terrible packaging.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It makes sense atleast. Its just quirky enough to be ugly to most, but it still looks like a futuristic Beetle, and thus it still keeps its iconic identity
      • 4 Years Ago
      No bad, I like the profile. I assume VW will be using the Golf platform. If so it shows a lack of imagination. They should use the extended UP platform and create a lighter more efficient bug.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not a bad theory... but not the best rendering ever.

      Why would it have a weird swag in the window sill line? It doesn't accentuate, it just looks like an afterthought, when a straight window sill line would be fine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like the window line kicks up at the rear to accomodate the body sculpting over the rear wheel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A swing and a miss . . . This isn't even worth much of a mention as it isn't feasible on so many levels and looks like a rather hasty rendition of what someone thinks of as the next step in New Beetle design rather than the third evolution of the original Beetle. The front reminds me of an early 60's Fiat 500 while the back has all the flair of a 1968 Mercury Marauder fastback coupe. The only interesting aspect to this rendering is the shoulder line that carries through the door into the rear quarter and sweeps up into the base of the C-Pillar. It's ridiculous because they'd never spend the money to do that, but it still looks kinda cool. But for an overall impression, I'd just say, "Yuck."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wrong. Unless the automotive press has it wrong, the next gen Beetle's interior is supposed to do away with the football field sized dashboard used in the current New Beetle as a result of its awkward adaptation into the Golf chassis. Based on the car's proportions in this rendering (hell, just look at the picture) the dashboard would easily be 90-100 yards deep. It's interesting to look at in a "me too" kind of way but there's nothing original or overly interesting here. The artist didn't really resolve how the C-pillar should flow into the fender bulge. It looks strange...kind of lazy, actually.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Front end looks like a Nissan Micra. Can't understand why you would buy this instead of a Polo or a Golf.
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