Volkswagen had launched its iconic flagship car, the Beetle in India way back in 2009. However, high costs didn’t go well with the Indian customers and the Beetle faced lacklustre sales volumes year or year. Additionally, what also didn’t go well the customers is its cute looks which made it a more woman-centric car. The sales dropped so much that finally Volkswagen had to discontinue import of the model. However, for the Beetle fans it is not all over since Volkswagen is considering bringing the new Beetle to India. Very recently, online reports had surfaced that the company has imported one unit of the new Beetle from Mexico for homologation purposes.
Now, spy shots have been caught of a new Beetle doing the rounds around Pune and Volkswagen is expected to get launched sometime later this year. The design language of the new Beetle is very much like its predecessor but has undergone some major rework nonetheless. The new Beetle has got more squared off bumpers, a rakish roofline, larger wheels and integrated spoilers. This gives the car a more muscular stance and hence will be liked a much broader reach of audience. The new Beetle has also been made wider and longer making up more space inside. Under the hood, the imported car to India is supposedly sporting a 1.4 litre TSI engine which also powers the Jetta. Internationally, however the Beetle is powered by a family of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines.
It needs to be seen which of the powertrains Volkswagen will bring to the Indian market. The new Volkswagen Beetle is also going to be brought via the CBU route to India thus commanding an expected hefty price tag close to Rs. 30 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Upon launch, the Beetle will be competing with the other European iconic cars BMW Mini Cooper and the Fiat 500.