Could A New Look VW Beetle Return To The UK?

Mon 2nd Jul 2018

Volkswagen has confirmed that it is no longer taking orders for the second generation Beetle, which was revived in 1997, which has led to many wondering what the future holds for the iconic design.

Now, fans of the curvy classic have received some potentially big news, after VW design boss Klaus Bischoff may bring back a rear-wheel drive Beetle based on the company’s flexible electric vehicle architecture, MEB.

Under VW’s new ID badge, the German brand is already promising a new take on the old style camper van, with the ID Buzz microbus, and an ID hatchback is mooted to be the first off the line very soon.

Speaking to autocar.co.uk, Bischoff said: “Our duty is to get the volume [ID] models under way. These cars have super-complicated technology and if you do too much, it’s an overload. Then we [can] move into more exotic cars and the field of emotion.

“The Beetle of today is a very attractive two-door coupeĢ or convertible, but it is limited in the amount of cars that it can sell because it’s a niche.

“If you look at MEB, the shortest wheelbase [possible] is the ID [hatchback]. If you took that and did the Beetle on it, you have plenty of room so there’s no compromise in functionality any more. So it could be a very attractive car.”

Design work of a new look, four-door Beetle is reported to be at a very early stage and would require two to three years before a third generation could be even considered for production, but picking up the ‘emotional’ theme, VW boss Herbert Diess has also hinted at a return to the UK for the Beetle.

In the same autocar.co.uk report he said: “It has always been the culture at VW that there’s enough room for two or even three [in the same segment].

“If we wanted to do a Beetle EV, it would be much better than today’s model, much closer to history, because it could be rear-wheel drive.

“We have a good chance on the electric side. You can do derivatives efficiently. We have a very flexible platform. We can do nice things: rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive or all- wheel drive.”

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