There have been several contradicting reports when it comes to the successor of the current Beetle, and now, the latest one to join the rumor mill claims that Volkswagen won’t drop it completely.
Instead, they could move it to the MEB architecture, which is the foundation stone for the brand’s electric models, reports Autocar. Moreover, besides adopting a zero-emission powertrain, the upcoming Volkswagen Beetle could also use rear-wheel drive, just like the original model.
Different body style
In addition to the electric motor, the iconic nameplate might drop the two-door body style in favor of a four-door arrangement. Such a move will be possible with a longer wheelbase, which, in turn, will offer greater legroom for the rear passengers. As for the shape and retro design lines of the car, they will be maintained.
“The Beetle of today is a very attractive two-door coupe or convertible, but it is limited in the amount of cars that it can sell, because it’s a niche”, commented VW design chief, Klaus Bischoff. “If you look at MEB, the shortest wheelbase is the ID [hatch]. 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.”
The new Beetle project is in a very early stage
Bischoff admitted that two or three years could go by before Volkswagen officials decide whether such a Beetle deserves to be put into production. And in the meantime, he has already sketched it, with four doors and the MEB platform beneath the skin.
As Volkswagen previously admitted, they won’t be left without a ‘heritage’ model in the future lineup, even if the Beetle won’t live past its current generation. Thus, the ID Buzz will be assembled as part of their ‘ID’ family, with its retro look inspired by the original Microbus.