Quick Look: 2016 VW Beetle Denim Convertible


Yeah, I've always liked Volkswagen's Beetle and the new ones are pretty cool in a retro sort of way. They won't come close to the simplicity of the original (I worked on my own VW Van for goodness sake, and that's saying something), but they become interesting looking cars with modern mechanicals. Kinda like a brand new Bug restomod. Volkswagen has paid homage to the Jeans/Levis lifestyle of the 60s and 70s with special edition models in the past (Beetle Jeans) and are once again giving you a unique throwback car with the 2016 Beetle Denim. The new Beetles Denim is a "value" convertible that will come fairly well equipped with special paint (Pure White or Stonewashed Blue), a denim-look convertible top, 17-inch Heritage wheels, 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine (170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft of torque) with a six-speed automatic transmission, and Volkswagen’s new MIB II Composition Color infotainment system which includes a 5.0-inch resistive touchscreen display, AUX-in and SD card slots, a USB multimedia interface with iPhone® and iPod® device connectivity, reverse camera display, and Bluetooth® technology for compatible devices. The interior gets a special light-blue-and-silver dashpad and jeans-inspired seat pockets with small Beetle tabs in red, and light blue denim-color cloth seating surfaces with white piping and dark blue leatherette accents. Easier to sit on in the hot months don'tcha know. I'm sure you will be able to add some options to the list, but the Beetle Denim is fairly complete and pricing should be very competitive (ie: affordable). Only 2,000 Beetle Denim Convertibles will be made evenly split between the two colors. The Beetle Denim Convertible will be available in early 2016. If this looks like your next car, contact your local dealer. Check out the brief press release after the jump.

Source: Volkswagen - Press release after the "read more" jump.



Press Release:
VOLKSWAGEN REVISITS FAN FAVORITE WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE 2016 BEETLE DENIM


The special edition Beetle Denim is a contemporary tribute to the 1970s Beetle Jeans model
  • Exclusive short-run model, arriving in dealerships in early 2016
  • Equipped with 17-inch Heritage wheels and 1.8-liter TSI® engine
  • Original interior design, including unique seating surfaces and jeans-inspired seat pockets
Volkswagen of America Inc. announced today the launch of the special edition 2016 Beetle Denim. Paying homage to the 1970s Jeans Bug, the vehicle revives the rich heritage of the Beetle brand, offering fans a modern take on this classic model.

As a special edition vehicle, exclusive design elements have been added to the 2,000 production units. The 2016 Beetle Denim is offered in two exterior color options—Pure White or Stonewashed Blue. The production run will be split equally between the two colors. The convertible top has been finished in Dark Blue with a brand new textured fabric that resembles denim.

Interior design features include a unique light-blue-and-silver dashpad and jeans-inspired seat pockets with small Beetle tabs in red. The light blue denim-color cloth seating surfaces also feature white piping and dark blue leatherette accents.

For model year 2016, the vehicle is equipped with Volkswagen’s new MIB II Composition Color infotainment system, which offers higher resolution, faster processing speeds, and crisper graphics than ever before. A 5.0-inch resistive touchscreen display comes with a host of standard features including AUX-in, SD card slots, and a USB multimedia interface with iPhone® and iPod® device connectivity, reverse camera display, and Bluetooth® technology for compatible devices.

Available in the United States with a 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine and a six-speed automatic transmission, the Beetle Denim produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The 2016 Beetle Denim will be a value model in the Convertible lineup.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen, Golf R, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers.


Notes:
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