The VW Beetle is bowing out for the 2019 model year with a commemorative Final edition model. Although the newest model has nothing in commonplace with the authentic, rear-engine Beetle bar a name and a few styling cues, this may mark the first time in more or less seven decades that Volkswagen hasn’t had a Beetle in its lineup.
In a declaration, Volkswagen group of America CEO Hinrich Woebcken showed that there are no plans to update the Beetle while manufacturing ends next year. However, he stated that the upcoming release of the I.D. Buzz — an electric powered vehicle stimulated via the traditional VW Microbus — way that there may be constantly a chance that the Beetle will return, however not anytime soon.
Inner, the Final edition Beetles get specific upholstery. The SE receives fabric and leatherette seats with diamond pleats, and the SEL receives actual leather. They function beige and black fabric, too, which match the dashboard finish.
The Final Edition will be available in both coupe and convertible body styles, and in SE or SEL trim levels. Final Edition models are distinguished by special paint colors — Safari Uni (think beige) or Stonewashed Blue — inspired by the Última Edición (last edition) versions of the original Beetle from 2003. VW is also offering Pure White, Deep Black Pearl, and Platinum Gray as alternative options. For this vehicle, you must buy a fitted car cover for safety and protection.
Aside from the cosmetic tweaks, these are the same Beetles you can find on lots now. They have the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with the same 6-speed automatic transmission. The good news is that they don’t cost any more than equivalent Beetles. In fact, they’re actually less than equivalent trims on sale now. The Beetle Final Edition SE, which starts at $23,940 for the coupe, is nearly $1,000 cheaper than a current SE. The convertible version at $28,190 is about $800 less than the regular SE convertible. There is no SEL trim to compare to the Final Edition SEL, but the hatchback’s $26,890 price is about $800 less than the Dune, and the convertible’s $30,890 is about $2,100 less than the Dune drop-top. For this price, you must keep your outdoor car storage covers for protection.