By Rosie Ogden
Volkswagen revealed four new versions of the legendary Beetle at the New York International Auto Show: two coupe and two cabriolet concepts which further extend the line-up.
Blue is the theme for the Beetle Cabriolet Denim concept. In ‘Stonewashed Blue Metallic’ body colour with soft top in dark blue with a special fabric texture, this car clearly calls to mind the world’s most popular trousers: jeans.
The first ‘Jeans Bug’ made its debut in the mid-1970s, adopting the denim theme. In the 1980s and 1990s, other ‘jeans’ special Beetle models followed.
The Beetle Wave concept, meanwhile, in ‘Habanero Orange Metallic’ “reflects the American spirit on the East and West coast beaches of the USA”.
This spirit is also expressed in the convertible’s interior with fabric patterns from the 1950s and 60s influencing the design of the centre seat panels, and there is a genuine wood dashpad designed in traditional surfboard style.
Next comes the Beetle ‘Pink Edition’ which VW says “is a car for style-conscious people around the globe”. Pink accessories, they say, can be found among the most expensive labels in Manhattan and other great cities of the world. Only the car was lacking: now Volkswagen is satisfying this need with a coupé in ‘Fuschine Metallic’, the bright pink body colour contrasting with exterior and interior elements in black, chrome and aluminium look.
Finally, the Beetle R-Line Concept is the sporty variant. It is powered by a 2.0-litre TSI engine that produces 220 PS of power and is painted in ‘Oryx White Pearl Effect’ with independent bumpers and wrap-around body panelling in high-gloss black, a black diffuser and a large rear spoiler. The sporty impression continues inside with sport bucket seats and leather-carbon look highlights.