VW is bringing one a Final Edition model to commemorate the car’s 20-year run.
Pour one out for the Volkswagen Beetle. No, not that Beetle – the original model passed into the annals of history back in the early 2000s. Rather, this is the modern iteration of the Beetle, which started production back in 1998. Volkswagen has produced the current A5 Beetle since 2011. To commemorate the current generation’s run, Volkswagen has announced the Beetle Final Edition. This send-off special edition comes with some unique touches that pay homage to the Beetle’s 70-year history.
Most notably, the Final Edition has two exclusive exterior colors. Safari Uni, which is a slightly different version of Harvest Moon Beige, plus Stonewash Blue. The blue color refers to the 1970 Jeans Bug. In fact, these two colors are similar to the colors that were available on the Ultima Edicion – last edition – of the original Beetle when it stopped production in 2003. Though, Pure White, Deep Black Pearl, and Platinum Grey are also available on the Final Edition.
The exterior also sees unique chrome touches, ‘Beetle’ badges, and unique wheels. You can choose from 17-inch aluminum-alloys with a 15-spoke design on the SE trim. The SEL trim comes with 18-inch white aluminum-alloy wheels.
The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition comes with some unique styling touches inside as well. Aluminum pedal caps add a bit of flair from the standard Beetle. SE trims come with cloth/leatherette rhombus-pattern seats, while SEL models come decked out with standard diamond-stitched leather seats.
Same, single choice of engine
The Final Edition is really more of an appearance package. As such, they still come with a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that makes 174 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.
The 2019 Beetle Final Edition coupe starts at $23,045 for the SE trim and $25,995 for the SEL. Final Edition Convertible pricing starts at $27,295 for SE models and $29,995 for SEL models.
Will the Beetle ever Come Back?
Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, made an interesting comment about the Beetle:
“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.’”
So, perhaps an electric Beetle will be making its way into the lineup at a later date.
Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for the latest news, views & real-world reviews and, of course, more news about the potentially electric fourth generation beetle that might be on its way in the near future.
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