2016 VW Beetle Spied Testing Ahead of India Launch


2016 VW Beetle spied testing in India; imminent launch in the coming weeks

The German car maker is all pumped up to give the legendary niche hatchback a re-entry into the Indian market as brochure was leaked online a few days back. Courtesy of Powerdrift, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle has been spotted riding on smaller wheel rims now and bookings are available for a deposit of Rs. 1 lakh affirming an impending launch.

Having imported over 30 units of Beetles into the country, it’s more likely that Volkswagen will be launching the hatchback in the second week of December. Volkswagen India introduced the evocative Beetle hatchback back in 2009 before culminating the sales citing poor response among customers.

For the new generation Beetle, power comes from a 1.4-litre four-cylinder TSI petrol engine that produces 147bhp of power and a peak torque of 200Nm. This is the same unit that’s been found in the Jetta sedan.

Coupled to a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox, paddle shifters will be offered as standard. The latest version of the Beetle retains a masculine look that was showcased back at the Delhi Auto Expo three years ago as the new generation model.

However, it is longer and wider and rides on 16-inch alloy wheels whilst fitted with a rear spoiler. The latest generation VW Beetle will come equipped with features like power retractable ORVMs, bi-xenon headlamps and front fog lamps.

Inside, the hatchback will get heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control system, panoramic glass roof, leather upholstery for seats, auto dimming rear view mirror and touchscreen infotainment system.

The new Volkswagen Beetle will be imported into India through CBU (Completely Built-Up Unit) channel and is expected to be priced between 30-35 lakhs. It will go up against the likes of Mini Cooper and Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione in the similar price bracket but both can churn out more power than their German counterpart.

Pic Source – PowerDrift

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