A new 1.8-liter turbo is set to replace the 2.5-liter engine midway through the 2014 product cycle. Also new is an independent rear suspension, a limited-edition GSR trim, VW CarNet and a rearview camera on top-line trims (late availability). For 2014 the Turbo models are renamed R-Line.
Diesel power comes to the Beetle for 2013. Available in hardtop and convertible models, Volkswagen's 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine posts some impressive numbers: 236 lb-ft of torque and 28/41 city/highway mpg. Also, the Beetle Fender Edition, a special trim package presented in cooperation with the iconic electric-guitar maker, is currently available through dealer order.
Volkswagen's 2015 Beetle grants access to one of the world's most iconic vehicles at a low entry price. Of course, today's Beetle is a far cry from the VW Bug of decades ago, and is markedly changed from the New Beetle that helped usher in the new millennium. Now simply called the Beetle, this generation of VW's venerable nameplate was introduced for the 2012 model year with beefier looks, bigger proportions and a sleek 4-passenger interior that takes cues from its Audi cousins. But its Beetle essence remains with its rounded shape and retro vibe. The Beetle is larger than niche rivals such as the Fiat 500 and Mini Cooper, is available as a coupe or convertible, and offers a variety of powertrains including a diesel engine.