A new variant of the iconic Volkswagen Beetle is available now in Malaysia following Volkswagen Malaysia’s move to introduce a 1.4 TSI engine into the Beetle product portfolio with a price of RM179,888.
The Beetle 1.4 TSI is powered by the group’s award-winning 1.4-liter engine with 158hp and 240Nm of torque that is sent to the front wheels via Volkswagen’s seven-speed DSG. It is capable of hitting 100km/h in 10 seconds flat with a top speed of 207km/h all whilst returning a combined output of 143g/km of CO2 and a combined fuel efficiency of 6.2 litres/100km.
“The addition of The Beetle 1.4 TSI has opened the prospects for Malaysians to even more choices of the icon, and a step forward in helping the people find a Beetle that suits their needs. The Beetle is a brand in itself, and its heritage is something we are proud of. And we hope that the extension of engine choices will make the car appeal to more Malaysians,” said Volkswagen Group Malaysia Managing Director Dr Zeno Kerschbaumer.
As the Beetle 1.4 TSI is positioned between the existing 1.2 TSI and 2.0 TSI model, the trim and features reflect this. It features 'Spin' 17-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. The mirror housings come coated in black. The car comes equipped with aluminium pedal clusters, ambient lighting inside, a gearshift know wrapped in leather and the XDS Extended Electronic Differential Lock.
On the entertainment side, the 1.4 TSI comes with Volkswagen’s coloured touchscreen audio system, the RCD510, an integrated six-disc CD changer with an interface for SD cards slot and iPod adapter. The system comes with eight speakers.
The dashboard is given the form and colour of the front facia (dash pad) in Piano black. The seats are trimmed in Vienna leather. Additional standard features include cruise control, four airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and the Climatronic air-conditioning system.
There will be six colours available to choose from; Tornado Red, Saturn Yellow, Reflex Silver, Deep Black, Reef Blue and Candy White. The Beetle 1.4 TSI is available for test drives at all Volkswagen dealerships nationwide from today.