2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition Officially Revealed

As expected, the Beetle will be discontinued after the 2019 model year. Celebrating the bug’s voyage into the abyss, the Beetle Final Edition puts an end to another chapter of the nameplate’s rich heritage. At $23,045 for the coupe and $27,295 for the convertible, this swansong doesn’t come cheap for a car that shares the A5 platform with the sixth-generation Golf (launched in 2008).
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In addition to the SE trim level, the Final Edition can be had in SEL specification if you want all the bells and whistles on offer. Pricing for these models starts at $25,995 and $29,995, not including the $895 destination charge. Regardless of trim level, the 2.0-liter TSI develops 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, sent to the front wheels by means of a six-speed automatic transmission.

EPA-estimated fuel economy is 29 miles per gallon combined, and the exterior color options include Safari Uni and Stonewashed Blue. Nods to the Harvest Moon Beige of the New Beetle and 1970 Jeans Bug, these finishes are carried on inside the Final Edition.

Chrome elements, body-color mirror caps, heated washer nozzles, and a sunroof are all standard, along with keyless access, push-button start, leather on the steering wheel, stainless-steel pedals, Climatronic, and three-color ambient lighting. Move on up to the SEL, and Volkswagen is much obliged to add Bi-Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, fog lights, 18-inch wheels instead of 17, and diamond-stitched leather instead of rhombus-patterned leatherette.

“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,” explains Hinrich J. Woebcken, chief executive officer of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

“As we move to being a full-line, family-focused automaker in the U.S. and ramp up our electrification strategy with the MEB platform, there are no immediate plans to replace it.” As for the I.D., the Golf-sized hatchback will go into production in November 2019 at the Zwickau plant in Germany. The Beetle, meanwhile, will end production at the Puebla plant in Mexico in July 2019.
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