Next-generation Beetle to be more dynamic, hybrid variant in the works

The second-generation of the reborn, redesigned Volkswagen Beetle will make its concept debut at the 2010 LA Auto Show later this year. The production model will go on sale next year with more focus on driving dynamics rather than retro styling – meaning Volkswagen will take on the likes of the Mini Cooper.

The next-generation Volkswagen Beetle will get an upgraded chassis with wider tracks and a longer wheelbase. It will get MacPherson struts suspension up front and a torsion beam at the rear.

The range-topping mode will be powered by a 2.0L 210-hp engine and will have a multi-link rear to improve handling. Other engine choices will include a 105-hp 1.2L, a 160-hp 1.4L and a 210-hp 2.0L. The U.S. will get a 170-hp 2.5L 5-cylinder as well.

A hybrid model of the next-generation Beetle is also planned.

– By: Kap Shah

Source: AutoCar