The end of road is near for Volkswagen’s iconic model, Beetle as confirmed by officials at Volkswagen. To end things on a good note, Volkswagen is planning to roll out two final special editions of the model that will be spawned out of company’s Mexico plant. This will also mark the end of Beetle’s legacy that is over 80 years old. The last variants of the third generation Beetle (which was introduced in 2011)-the Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL will be available in unique colours, additional features and new interior trims. While Beetle will bid adieu to the automobile industry, the German conglomerate plans on introducing new electric models based on its MEB underpinnings in future.
The officials at Volkswagen also gave indication on Beetle’s return at a later stage, though nothing has been confirmed as of yet. An interesting trivia about the Beetle reveals that it was conceptualized in the 1930s, while it took almost 8 years to start production which lasted as long as 2003 in some markets. Volkswagen rolled out an all-new Beetle in 1997 which was based on the same underpinnings as used in Golf.
Since Beetle is being discontinued, the company is likely to fill the void with the retro-inspired ID Buzz electric concept. The Indian market, on the contrary received the iconic Beetle in the last few years of its production span in 2009. In 2015, VW launched the updated Beetle in the country which featured a 148 bhp, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine under the hood. This engine worked in conjunction with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. As the hatchback readies to fade into the oblivion, we say goodbye to this very stylish hatchback that has been a head-turner and a trend setter. Hopefully, Volkswagen will bring it back in future.