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New VW Beetle next year


A second generation of Volkswagen's reborn Beetle will be previewed at the LA Motor Show in November, before going on sale in 2011

Autocar is reporting the new Beetle will be launched next year "with more focus on dynamics and less on retro styling".

The car will reportedly be assembled at VW’s Puebla plant in Mexico, alongside the next Jetta. The two cars will share their front-drive underpinnings and some driveline combinations, giving the Beetle a reworked chassis with wider tracks and a longer wheelbase than today’s model.

Autocar reports that suspension is MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear. However, the 210bhp 2.0-litre range-topper will have a multi-link rear to improve handling.

There have been no indications on what the new Beetle will look like, although some predict the 2005 Ragster concept (pictured) could be on the cards.

But much of the design will continue to draw on the original Beetle, with rounded headlights and tail-lamps, separate wings over each wheel and a high waistline.

Engines will reportedly include a 105bhp 1.2, a 160bhp 1.4 and a 210bhp 2.0 litre. A US-bound 170bhp 2.5-litre five-cylinder is not destined for Europe. Diesels will include the new 105bhp 1.6 and a 140bhp 2.0 litre.

A hybrid is also planned, with a similar drivetrain to that of the Jetta CC: a 150bhp turbocharged/supercharged 1.4 with a 27bhp electric motor.

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