Spy shots have revealed VW’s replacement for the retro-inspired reborn Beetle, with the design themes seeming to follow its iconic original.

VW's updated Beetle has been spied The new (well, now old) Beetle has been in production for 12 years and is well overdue for an update, and the newer version looks set to adopt a beefier look.

Among the changes that are already evident – in spite of the mule model spied still showing the original front and rear-end finishes – are a flatter, coupe-like roofline and a longer and wider wheelbase.

The newer version is also set to host a range of different engine configurations – one of which is rumoured by a hybrid – that could also include the 155kW turbocharged 2-litre powerplant from the VW GTI hot-hatch.

VW will no doubt be hoping that the updated version – set to go on sale at the start of 2012 – offers better practicality than its predecessor, which copped criticism for its tiny boot and cramped rear seats.

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