Volkswagen has introduced 5 new engines and the second generation modular infotainment system in its Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet. Additionally, it is also offering further assistance systems and mobile online services.

By the end of this year, the Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet will be equipped with 3 new petrol engines and 2 diesel powered motors. All engines will comply with Euro 6 emissions standards and are claimed to be more efficient that previous engines.

One thing is for sure, the Cabriolet and TDI versions are not going to be available in Malaysia anytime soon, or if at all. But the Beetle petrol would make an appearance here from 2015.

The 2.0TSI engine, which now pumps out 163kW, has had its fuel consumption reduced by around 13%. Also, the CO2 emissions of its diesel sibling, the 2.0 TDI, now emits only 112g/km.

Such reduction in CO2 emissions should qualify the Beetle for Malaysia’s Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) tax incentive announced in the National Automotive Policy (NAP).

In addition to the “Discover Media” navigation system that is available as an option, assistance systems and mobile services familiar from other model classes will be used in the Beetle.

Features such as “Rear View” reversing camera, “Rear Traffic Alert”, “Blind Spot” sensor are now also available in the Beetle. The Beetle is also a trendsetter when it comes to mobile online services. Infotainment services, for example weather or traffic information, can be accessed online by customers via the MIB. In addition, further individualisation options are available for the interior. With the new colour packages “Tornado Red”, “Pure White” and “Reflex Silver Metallic” the interior can be combined with various exterior colours. However, there is no mention of a replacement or changes to the car’s 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) and so, we can assume that the 1.2TSI and 1.4TSI would still be offered with the DQ200 gearbox.

Having said that, the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions claims by Volkswagen look pretty impressive on paper. The 1.2TSI has a combined fuel consumption figure of 5.5 litres per 100km and emits 128g/km.

The 110kW 1.4TSI is claimed to consume 5.8 litres per 100km and has CO2 emissions of 134g/km. The 2.0TSI has a combined consumption of 6.5 litres per 100km, and emits 150g/km.

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