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New Volkswagen Beetle launched in India at 28.73 lakh

Team OD  | Updated: December 21, 2015, 06:37 PM IST

Volkswagen launched the latest version of its iconic hatchback Beetle in India on December 18, 2015 at Rs 28.73 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). Dubbed as the 21st Century Beetle, the car now gets modern features like a Panaromic tilt/slide sunroof, Bi-xenon headlamps with DRL's, paddle shift, 3-point seat belts in front with belt tensioner, Hill hold control and cruise control.


The Pre-World War II model which has been in production since 1938 is considered to be the most iconic car of its time, originally conceived to be an affordable and cheap mode of transport for the masses the Volkswagen Beetle is now a more premium product aimed towards the higher sector of society.

The model was redeveloped by the company in 1998 to resemble the original beetle only in name and appearance and was launched in India in 2009, since then the model had seen no upgrades until now.

The 21st Century Beetle comes with a 1.4 litre, Turbocharged direct injection petrol engine mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox which puts out a max. output of 150PS at 5,000 to 6,000rpm and a torque of 250Nm at 1,500 to 3,500rpm. Prices start from Rs 28.73 lakh (ex Mumbai) and it will be sold through select dealerships across India.

On the occasion of the launch on December 18, 2015, Mr. Michael Mayer, director, Volkswagen passenger cars said, "The Beetle is an iconic car that has scripted automotive history for over six decades, and we are delighted to announce the India launch of the 21st Century Beetle…Carrying forward its unmistakably timeless charm, blended with modern day technological sophistication."

Volkswagen launches iconic 21st Century Beetle in India

Powered by a turbocharged 1.4L TSI engine, mated to a 7-speed DSG• gearbox, available in 4 color options The 21st Century Beetle price starts from Rs. 28.73 lakhs (exshowroom• Mumbai) and is sold across select Volkswagen dealerships in India On the occasion of the launch, Mr. Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars said, "The Beetle is an iconic car that has scripted automotive history for over six decades, and we are delighted to announce the India launch of the 21st Century Beetle. Carrying forward its unmistakably timeless charm, blended with modern day technological sophistication, the 21st Century Beetle now comes with rounded yet masculine proportions and a host of refined, irresistible internal and exterior features. We are confident of continuing the Beetle's legacy in India and we believe that the biggest addition to the 21st Century Beetle is the element of unlimited 'fun'." A symbol of freedom, love, unique styling and fun, the Beetle has over the years, developed a cult following among automobile enthusiasts and classic car patrons in India. Retaining the core DNA of the Beetle carline, the 21st Century Beetle continues to live up to its promise of being a charming headturner. With leaner proportions, sporty and dynamic performance, stylish exteriors, luxurious interiors and an absolute delight behind the wheel, the Beetle will create its own niche in the segment. The 21st Century Beetle is available at select Volkswagen India outlets across India. FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS Technical Engine - 1.4 L /110 kW TSI• Transmission - 7-speed DSG• Wheels - 4 alloy wheels 16" "Whirl" / Space-saving spare wheel 16"• Tyres - 205 / 60 R16• Suspension - 4-link rear suspension• Steering - Electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering• Exterior Panoramic tilt/slide sunroof• Bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights ( DRL)• Front fog lamps with static cornering function• LED License plate lights• Protective side moldings in body color with chrome strip• Rear spoiler• Body-colored door handles• Green heat-insulating glass in side and rear windows• Body-colored bumpers• Interior "Vienna" leather seats• Mood lighting on front speaker surround- 3 colours• "Chrome trim for rotary light switch and controls of AC system"• Scuff plates• Carpet mats, front and rear• Leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with Multi-function• display, audio and telephone controls Paddle shift• Leather hand brake lever handle and gearshift knob• Door and side trim panel partially in leather• Illuminated vanity mirrors in sun visors• 2 front reading lights• Safety Driver's and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag• deactivation Combined curtain and side airbags• Electronic Stability Control with driver steering recommendation, ABS,• ASR, EDL and EDTC Disc brakes• Front underbody guard• ISOFIX- Child seat mounting points• 3-point seat belts in front with belt tensioner• Two 3-point seat belts, rear• Front• & rear head restraints Hill hold control• Electronic immobilizer• Front• & rear Park distance control, with acoustic warning and graphical display Brake pad wear indicator• Seat belt reminder• Comfort and Convenience: Climatronic dual-zone auto air-conditioning system• Multi-function display "Plus"• Sound system with 8 speakers USB interface, AUX-IN and Bluetooth• connectivity Instrument cluster with electronic speedometer, odometer, tripmeter• and tachometer Front seats with height adjustment• Start/stop system with generative braking• Auto-dimming interior mirror• Auto headlamp activation• Rain sensor• Cruise control system• Car available in 4 body color options Habanero Orange• Oryx White• Tornado Red• Blue Silk•


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