By now, you’ve probably heard that the Volkswagen Beetle is going out of production (again?!), so Volkswagen is celebrating the milestone with special edition models for the Beetle’s final year in 2019.
“The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “As we move to being a full-line, family-focused automaker and ramp up our electrification strategy with the MEB platform, there are no immediate plans to replace it. But as we have seen with the I.D. BUZZ—which is the modern and practical interpretation of the legendary Bus—I would also say, ‘Never say never.’”
Final Edition models will come in coupe and convertible bodystyles with exclusive equipment and unique upscale décor. In tribute to the first generation’s Última Edición (last edition) in 2003, the Final Edition will be available in two unique traditional colours (the 2003 last edition was available only in beige or light blue) — Safari Uni (a reinvention of Harvest Moon Beige from the New Beetle) and Stonewashed Blue (a nod to the 1970 Jeans Bug and the 2016 Beetle Denim) — as well as Pure White, Deep Black Pearl and Platinum Grey. Convertible Final Editions get a unique Brown soft top.
As with the Última Edición models, Final Edition coupes will get chrome trim, and add body colour side mirrors, heated washer nozzles and sunroof (convertibles get all but the sunroof, naturally). Final Edition SEL models (the editions are also available in SE trim) get foglights, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights, and LED taillights.
Unique wheels complete the exterior package — 17-inch aluminum alloy in a 15-spoke design on SE models; 18-inch white aluminum alloy with a disc design reminiscent of the Última Edición’s body-colored steel wheels (with chrome hubcaps and shod with whitewalls).
And although they get power from the 174-hp 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder (making 184 lb-ft of torque), the Turbo script won’t make the trunk lid, replaced by a Beetle script. Power distribution is handled by a 6-speed automatic.
Inside, the Special Edition models get keyless access with push-button start, leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with unique “Beetle” clip at the flat bottom, stainless steel pedals, climate control, gloss black center console, Safari Uni dashpad, 6.3-inch touchscreen, USB port, SiriusXM satellite radio, voice control, 3-color ambient lighting and Car-Net mobile app. SELs get an infotaintment system that integrates navigation, Car-Net security & Service, Guide & Inform, and Fender Premium Audio system.
Final Edition SEs feature cloth and leatherette rhombus-pattern seats, while SEL models get standard diamond-stitched leather.
Driving aids include blind spot monitor and rear traffic alert, with SELs adding front and rear park distance control.
Although Canadian pricing is not yet known, the coupes start at $23,045 in the US ($25,995 for SEL), while convertibles are priced from $27,295 and $29,995, respectively.