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