Volkswagen is whipping the covers off redesigned 2012 Beetle this week, with simultaneous presentations at the New York and Shanghai auto shows and an invite-only event near VW headquarters in Berlin.
The two-door hatchback -- scheduled to go on sale in North America in September -- continues with the retro-inspired appearance of its direct predecessor.
The word "New" has been dropped from the car's name. The car will be called the Volkswagen Beetle.
The separate fenders have tauter surfacing, crisper feature lines, squarer bumpers, altered detailing and a more rakish roofline
The updated styling, developed under Volkswagen Group design boss Walter de Silva and VW brand boss Klaus Bischoff, recalls many of the cues revealed on the Ragster concept introduced at the 2005 Detroit auto show.
In the U.S. market, three engines will be offered: VW's 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine that generates 170 hp; a 2.0-liter TDI engine (140 hp), and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (200 hp). Other engine variants will be offered around the world.
Among the car's new features are LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon headlamps and larger wheels -- the latter of which can be specified up to 19 inches, VW says.
At 4,278 mm in length, 1,808 mm in width and 1,486 mm in height, the Beetle is a considerable 152 mm longer and 84 mm wider -- but 12 mm lower than the outgoing model, which has accounted for more than one million sales globally since its introduction in 1998.