New Volkswagen Beetle

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Volkswagen has unveiled the new Beetle and it will be capable of achieving up to 65.7 mpg.

Visually, it looks much lower than the current model, and Volkswagen promises that the new car will share efficiency measures with other models in the range.

In the UK, a choice of four engines will be offered: three petrol – a 1.2-litre TSI 105 PS, a 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS and a 2.0-litre TSI 200 PS; and one diesel – a 1.6-litre 105 PS with BlueMotion Technology. Thanks to the addition of Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems, the Beetle 1.6-litre 105 PS is estimated to have a combined fuel consumption of 65.7 mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of 112 g/km.

The range-topping engine, the 2.0-litre 200 PS, will feature standard XDS electronic differential lock as fitted to the Golf GTI.

Three trim levels will be available – Beetle, Design and Sport. A wide range of optional equipment will also be available, ranging from Keyless Access through satellite navigation systems and a panoramic sunroof, to bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights.

The new car will be available to order in the UK in the summer, with first cars arriving in showrooms early in 2012. More details will be available closer to launch.

Love it or hate it, the original Beetle, launched in 1938, went on to sell 21.5 million over the last 73 years.