On the outside, the Beetle's retro visage is now updated with bi-xenon headlights with LED arcs for the daytime.
The interior houses most of the options that you and I are concerned with. A new 400-watt Fender audio system with subwoofer is optional over the standard 8-speaker system (up from six speakers on the original "New" Beetle). Choosing the Fender audio system also adds adjustable interior lighting.
For the first time ever the Beetle will have an optional 5-inch touchscreen navigation system. If it's similar to what's in the new Jetta, then expect a great interface. And, keeping with the retro meets modern look, the 2012 Beetle will have optional gauges (oil temperature, clock with stopwatch, and boost pressure) above the nav system on the dash.
Finally, the Beetle gets a new proxy-key that senses when the driver is nearby and unlocks the doors when the handle is touched. The other feature of this technology is push button start.
Nothing here is bleeding-edge technology, but the features offered should allow Volkswagen to attract younger buyers with a reasonable price, reported to be in the low $20,000 range. Considering how long it took to update the old New Beetle, it's important for VW to start with a good base. Which, it appears, they've done.