Volkswagen Beetle Imagined As A Four-Door Electric Hatchback

The future of the New Volkswagen Beetle is uncertain, with several reports claiming that the automaker will either drop it completely or offer it in an altogether different guise.

Fueled by the second scenario, Kleber Silva has rendered it with new looks, a slightly longer wheelbase and a couple of extra doors at the rear.

The Bug also features a cleaner look overall, C-shaped LED DRLs sitting under the signature headlamps, and a new set of wheels with blue accents emphasizing its rumored zero-emission nature.

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Adopting an electric powertrain means switching from the current platform to the new MEB, which will be shared with the brand’s upcoming ID models, including the similarly sized ID Hatch. This move won’t compromise the Beetle’s functionality and, thanks to clever packaging, it will also offer more legroom for passengers sitting at the rear. At the same time, the extra doors will facilitate easier ingress and egress.

Don’t get your hopes too high about such a Beetle, though, because even if it sounds very much doable, VW execs will apparently wait two to three years before deciding if it’s feasible or not.

So, even in the most optimistic scenario, an MEB-underpinned Bug, powered by an electric motor and possibly with rear-wheel drive just like the original model, won’t arrive sooner than 2021. And it will still remain a niche vehicle, aimed at those who favor the classic shape of the Beetle, wrapped up in a modern package.

  • Dude

    LOL! Oh my eyes burneth so! Please tell me this is a joke.

    • EM1

      they’re serious.

    • Mike anonymous

      I was laughing pretty hard at this lol,.. until I looked down at EM1’s comment “they’re serious”. (A smile has never faded from so quickly).

      (I mean it’s not terrible, nor is it the most horrid thing I’ve ever seen,.. but it’s just (not sure how to put this, but) “disrespectful” to the iconic (original & previous generation) beetle).

  • Craig

    Render it with suicide doors! I bet it looks a whole lot better.

  • Paul

    Hmmmm.

  • diesel_vdub

    It looks a bit like a tall Model S greenhouse stuck on a Bettle body. Not horrible… but not really appealing either.

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    the reason the new generation beetles flopped BECAUSE THEY ARE TO EXPENSIVE

  • SteersUright

    It looks surprisingly great in my not so humble opinion!

  • KareKakk

    Skip the rear doors and make the remainings longer than usual… nobody buyes a Beetle today just to fill the back seat with safety seats and kids, if so they bought the wrong car model. If mother-in-law wants a ride with her son/daughter & partner, she just have to enter any available entrance to the back seat and stay quite about it. No need for VW to cater any demands from each and every back seat drivers. Way too much rear doors on micro cars nowadays, more coupés to the market!

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