2016 Volkswagen Beetle Denim: Blue jean baby

By Keith Buglewicz on November 17, 2015 4:14 AM

In the mid-1970s, there was a limited edition of Volkswagen Beetles adorned with denim interiors and touches like pants-inspired pockets in the seatbacks. They were called Beetle Jeans, were wildly successful, and remain popular among collectors to this day. So, hey, why not do it again?

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Thus, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Denim bowed at the L.A. show. Available as a convertible only when it arrives in dealerships in early 2016, the Beetle Denim is a throwback to that popular model. Only 2,000 will be available, with half in white, and the other half in Stonewashed Blue. The convertible top is textured in a dark blue, with a pattern that resembles jeans fabric. Similar to the original, the Beetle Denim will offer a  jeans-colored interior, including seat pockets with little red Beetle tabs on them.

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It's not just about jeans. Also inside will be Volkswagens new infotainment system, which uses a 5.0-inch screen with a faster processor and better graphics. It includes a USB interface, Bluetooth, backup camera, and SD card and AUX input as well.

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Otherwise it's pretty standard-issue VW Beetle convertible, with Volkswagen noting that it will be a "value model" in the Convertible lineup. That means a 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. No prices have been announced, but with that "value" moniker following it around, don't expect it to exceed the standard Beetle Convertible's roughly $26,000 price by too much. If you want it, order now, as they'll likely disappear quickly.