VW Might Make A New Beetle After All, But It Could Be A 4-Door EV

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.

Heritage models

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.

Render credits Theophilus Chin

  • Bash

    I just saw a PT Cruz for a sec.

  • Hoe

    My God.
    Now are they seriously thinking in building a 4 door Beetle?
    Unbelievable

    • Status

      And Porsche made an SUV and the Corvette will be RMR.

      Nothing is unbelievable anymore, and nothing is set in stone.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      Jalopnik has some interesting reading on this. They’ve toyed with the idea dating back to before there was a Beetle. jalopnik dot com a-brief-but-vitally-important-history-of-four-door-volk-1827363958

  • Bo Hanan

    This could be a very smart idea- or a really bad one.
    Its still a nice car and looks really good (911-ish) in black.
    But it will likely be priced out of the range of millennials & retires whom it will be targeted at.

  • So what, a Golf?

  • cbATL

    Totally hate to admit this, but I think it looks f’en awesome

  • diesel_vdub

    I realize this is a rendering by someone unrelated to VW, but gawd that thing is HIDEOUS! Kill it with fire!!!!!!

  • Craig

    Suicide doors would look really good on this car.

  • nastinupe

    The PT-Beetle.

  • Paul

    I’m not so sure about this but interesting nonetheless.

  • Status

    Nevertheless, it means that automakers are, at least, entertaining and exploring new ideas rather than fossilizing themselves with nothing but old ones as a salute to the past.

    I shouldn’t have to tell you that automotive designers are better suited to the demands of today.

    • Hoe

      That’s why everybody dies the same?

      • Status

        And that’s why some people can only quote tired, defeated, and ultimately pointless Dylan lyrics, as if disgustingly romanticizing the past had anything to tell us of a world 50 years later. People who weren’t even there can’t relate to it, and listening to the elderly bitch about how things were won’t magically give their argument any weight or empathy.

        I don’t grant mercy to Dylan fans, the religious, and people like you who are whining about how you think a Beetle should be. If anyone listened to you, there wouldn’t be Dune Buggies, Karmann Ghias, Sand Rails, and every other hack job garage built pet project because it would be ‘Unbelievable’ to think of anyone modifying a Beetle beyond being a dowdy coupe.

        • Hoe

          Pfffffff, you are too boring and bored

          • Status

            And you are going to live and die in a past that you were never a part of to begin with. Kinda of a waste if you ask me.

          • Hoe

            I am glad to see you now calmer and start your living and allow others live

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