VW Beetle Concepts Show Future Special Editions

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Volkswagen is rolling into the 2015 New York Auto with four different Beetle Concept cars.

Each one celebrates the Beetle’s long heritage and also hints at the future of the car. Two of the models are coupes while two are convertibles and Volkswagen says that all of them could make it to production in the near future. If the Beetle Dune, a Beetle concept that was approved for production, is any indication, at least some of these concepts will be sold to the public as special edition models.

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Beetle Convertible Denim

As the name implies, this concept celebrates denim. The soft top is finished in a dark blue, textured fabric that is made to resemble denim, while the car is painted blue metallic. Mirror caps, side skirts and body moldings are all finished in gray to provide contrast while 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels are fitted.

Inside, light blue and dark blue cover just about everything while the seat piping is finished in white. Small denim-look pockets were fashioned onto the back and sides of the seats to further resemble a pair of jeans.

Power for the car comes from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 170 hp.

Beetle Pink Color Edition

Due to a large demand for pink Beetles in both the U.S. and China, the brand is showing the Pink Color Edition to gauge public reaction. If opinions are positive, VW says this car will end up being built as both a coupe and covertible.

Of course, pink metallic paint finishes the exterior of the car while the mirror caps and body moldings are finished in gray. Inside, the door shoulder panels, air vent surrounds, steering wheel spoke trim and the stitching around the steering wheel and shift lever are all finished in bright pink. Volkswagen says that it is conceivable that even more pink could end up in the production version of the car.

Beetle Convertible Wave

Designed to enjoy the summertime, the Wave concept features a habanero orange finish and 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels.

Iconic styling elements can be found inside the car, like the classic houndstooth pattern on the seat inserts and a genuine wood dashpad styled like a surfboard. Volkswagen says that this car could easily enter production.

Beetle R-Line Concept

This last Beetle concept gets its power from a 2.0-liter TSI engine that makes 217 hp. To make sure the car looks the part, it gets a rear diffuser, 20-inch aluminum wheels and a body that is 0.6-inches wider than the standard car. The exterior is finished in oryx white pearl paint and has custom bumpers with inlaid air vents.

Inside, sport bucket seats hug occupants, while a carbon fiber finish has been applied to the dashpad, door inserts and steering wheel spoke trim. The instruments get a yellow finish for contrast.

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

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