Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Volkswagen Press | posted April 02, 2015 08:41
Four special edition Beetle concepts revealed by Volkswagen for 2015 New York Auto Show
Volkswagen has something different for this year’s New York Auto Show as they recently revealed four special edition concepts of the Beetle.
Each Beetle concept conveys a unique aesthetic look that may show the customizing potential of future Beetle models. Volkswagen itself has stated that all the cars are concept models but if the special Beetles pick up interest, they may get approved for future production.
First up is the Beetle Convertible Denim concept that features a Blue Metallic exterior finish with gray accents and a fabric soft-top that resembles the texture and look of denim. Topping it all off are gray-colored mirror caps, side skirts and body moldings and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
The denim treatment also makes its way inside according to the automaker as the inner areas of the seats are upholstered in light blue fabric while the outside area is covered in blue leatherette.
Up next is the Beetle Pink Color concept which is of course finished in Metallic Pink. Featured as a coupe in the concept stage, the automaker stated that it will also be available as a convertible if reception of the car is positive. Providing contrast to the bright bodywork are gray-colored body moldings and side mirrors while sprucing up the overall look of the Pink Color concept are R-Line front and rear bumpers.
The bright color is also applied on the steering wheel, seats, door trim, air vents, gear shifter and the borders on the floormats. The dashboard on the other hand gets a high-gloss Titanium Black finish that contradicts with the pink palette.
The third Beetle concept is the Convertible Wave that was designed for the summer according to the automaker. Painted in Habanero Orange Metallic, it is accented by a set of 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels and chrome side mirrors. The interior gets a wooden dashboard that mimics a traditional surfboard while the seats incorporate a houndstooth pattern that “harkens back to high-end fashion and vehicles of the 1950s and 1960s” as claimed by Volkswagen.
The last of the bunch is the R-Line Concept which is a sportier, more aggressive approach on the new Beetle. From the name itself, the Onyx White Pearl painted car has an R-Line bodykit that features aggressive bumpers, large air vents, a rear diffuser, black mirror caps, a large rear spoiler and 20-inch Monterey wheels.
Inside, it also gets a sporty interior which consist of sport bucket seats, carbon fiber trimmed dashpad, door inserts and steering wheel spoke trim and a yellow accent that has been applied on the instrument panel and as decorative stitching.
Powertrain-wise, the Denim concept is powered by a 172 PS 1.8-liter TSI engine while the R-Line Concept is driven by a 2.0-liter TSI engine that puts out 220 PS. Volkswagen did not say what engines are equipped on the Pink and Convertible Wave concepts.