As they are saying, all good issues should come to an finish, and such is the case with the Volkswagen Beetle. Sure, after the 2019 mannequin yr, the enduring VW Bug is not any extra. And to commemorate the lack of one of the vital recognizable vehicles on the planet, Volkswagen is pushing out two new Closing Version trims.
Volkswagen gave us the New Beetle in 1998, adopted up by the lowercase-n new Beetle in 2011, the one off of which the Closing Version mannequin is predicated.
The Closing Version Beetles can be found in coupe or convertible physique kinds, with a few cues taken from the Última Edición — the final gasp of the air-cooled Beetle that was bought in Mexico in 2003. That earlier last-hurrah Bug was solely supplied in beige and lightweight blue, so the newer Closing Editions get their very own interpretations of these colours within the type of safari uni and stonewashed blue. You may also get the Closing Version in pure white, deep black or platinum grey, however what is the enjoyable in that?
Different Closing Version touches embrace bi-xenon headlights, LED lights in all places else and distinctive 18-inch wheel choices. I like those from the Closing Version SEL, which hearken again to the Última Edición’s body-colored metal wheels with chrome hubcaps.
The Closing Version might get some model-exclusive design components, however the powertrain beneath stays the identical as some other Beetle. A 2.Zero-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine kicks out 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed computerized transmission sends energy to the entrance wheels, and although there is a manu-matic Sport mode possibility, gear modifications are solely dealt with through the shift lever — no paddles right here, people.
On the imply streets of Puebla, Mexico, the Beetle eagerly zips by way of slow-moving site visitors. The Closing Version does not drive any in a different way than different fashions of this era, that means it has the identical mild steering and taut chassis as earlier than. It is a actually pleasant automotive to drive.
Frugal, too. The EPA estimates the 2019 Beetle will return 26 miles per gallon within the metropolis, 33 mpg freeway and 29 mpg mixed.
If you happen to’re on the lookout for an abundance of driver’s aids, look elsewhere. The Closing Version SE gives customary blind spot monitoring and rear cross site visitors alert, whereas the SEL provides entrance and rear park distance management. I do not count on VW so as to add a bunch of expertise to the final mannequin yr of a automotive, however adaptive cruise management and lane-keeping help — issues you’ll be able to’t get on the Beetle — are customary on each the brand new Toyota Corolla hatchback in addition to the Honda Civic.
Critically, how cool are these wheels?
One other disappointment, albeit small, is that there’s just one USB port within the Closing Version Beetle. Fortunately, the remainder of the in-car tech is superb, with VW’s Automotive-Web infotainment system providing an easy interface with each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto customary. The 6.Three-inch capacitive touchscreen is a bit on the small facet, but it surely suits proportionally with the inside and options clear graphics. Navigation is customary on the Closing Version SEL.
Inside, the homage to the old-school bug continues with a “kaeferfach” glove field. In any other case referred to as the Beetle bin, this little storage bin is immediately in high of the usual glove field with an upward folding lid, providing up an additional place to retailer your pockets and telephone.
There’s solely room for 4 within the Beetle, and cargo area is restricted. The coupe sports activities 15.four cubic toes of area behind the rear seats, increasing to virtually 30 cubes with the rear seats folded. As for the convertible, properly, you will pay for all that sunshine. Trunk area decreases to a tiny 7.1 cubes.
Different colours can be found, however the signature Closing Version hues are the Safari Uni beige and Stonewashed Blue impressed by classic Bugs.
In base S trim, the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle begins at $20,895. The Closing Version, in the meantime, is available in at $23,045 for the mid-level SE, or $25,995 for the SEL. If you happen to’d reasonably go topless, the Convertible variations begin at $27,295 and $29,995, respectively.
2019 stands out as the closing yr for the Beetle, however Volkswagen might need yet one more bug in its ear, because it have been. The Beetle is gone for now, however Volkswagen is an organization that likes to revive its retro designs and nameplates, so who is aware of, one other Bug — perhaps with electrical energy — may very well be within the playing cards sometime.
“As we transfer to being a full-line, family-focused automaker within the US and ramp up our electrification technique with the MEB platform, there aren’t any quick plans to exchange [the Beetle],” says Hinrich J. Woebcken, VW Group of America’s president and CEO. “However as we now have seen with the I.D. Buzz — which is the fashionable and sensible interpretation of the legendary Bus — I’d additionally say, ‘by no means say by no means.'”
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