Everything You Need to Know About the VW Beetle Final Edition


The final edition of the much loved VW Beetle is surprising, sad and at the same time, long overdue. This little bug was the reason that many cars from its era were resurrected with the power of redesigning in between the 1990s and 2000s. Retro models such as the Chrysler PT Cruiser, Plymouth Prowler, Ford Thunderbird, Mini Cooper and 2005 Ford Mustang were brought back simply because the Beetle brought so nostalgia and style together when it came back into production from its original design in the 1970s.

So, here’s what the latest final edition of the VW Beetle has to offer. Although the VW Beetle has had final versions rolled out before, this one pretty much seems to be the last “final” edition, because many of its competitors in the same segment offer better features, smoother drives and more sophisticated technology than the VW Beetle.

Powertrain

This part of the car has not been updated much ever since VW made the decision to stop production of the Beetle. So the 2017 version’s engine and transmission have been retained as is. This includes a peppy 2.0-liter turbocharged in-line four-cylinder engine paired with six-speed automatic transmission, which delivers 174 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The soft suspension makes for a pleasant ride. In spite of the zest packed under the hood, the powertrain is tuned to deliver solid fuel efficiency (26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway).  

Exterior

The Beetle’s final edition is being offered as a coupe and as a convertible coupe. Both are reasonably priced, and with some discount too, it seems. Earlier final editions had special color schemes as does this last edition. This edition features a Stonewashed Blue Metallic and a Safari Uni (tan). The wheels are 18-inch, 15-spoke alloys in the SE version and the SEL also features white trimming on the wheels which give the Beetle an even more retro style. The headlights are bi-xenon powered, with LED daytime running lights, fog lights and taillights.

Interior

The interior features either cloth, leatherette or leather in diamond stitching (available only in the SEL model) on the seats. The tan dash, stainless steel trimmings, glossy black console and upper door sections give the Beetle an upscale feel. The 6.3-inch touchscreen provides navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the VW Discover Media, as well as one USB port.

Safety

The VW Beetle Final Edition comes equipped with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera and Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS).

For now, this premium looking Bug is bidding farewell to its fans and disappearing into the vast unknown. Some rumors do say that it may make a comeback as an electric, but for now, its “goodbye” for the classic VW Beetle.

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