VW plans to milk the next Beetle model for all it’s worth.
Although the Volkswagen Bulli concept, which was unveiled wayback in 2011, received enthusiastic feedback, especially from former hippies, the company never got around to doing much with it. Thesort-of reincarnated Bus remained a concept, while the Beetle it derived fromwas given a new lease on life in a redesigned model. Now, German media is reportingthat the next-generation Beetle, due in 2019, will spawn a whole family ofvehicles, including the little Bulli van. Groovy.
The five-door, five-seat van will ride on the MQB platform, and mayreplace VW’s European mini-minivan, the Sharan. The Beetle family will also receivea crossover model, probably more mainstream and toned down than the Beetle Duneconcept from this year’s Detroit Auto Show. More exciting is the news that Beetle will alsospawn a high-performance model sporting a chopped roof and incorporating theGolf R’s powertrain. All these will come on top of the existing coupe and convertible configurations.