Iconic Finale: Why You’ll Love the Beetle Final Edition

It was 1949 and the U.S. was puzzled.

What, exactly, was this car that Volkswagen had shipped here?

That car, of course, was the Beetle, which cut a distinctive silhouette on the automotive scene. Its various iterations over the last 70 years have been no exception. And now, with the release of the Beetle Final Editions, Volkswagen is poised to bring one chapter of this storied history to a close.

Saying Goodbye

Throughout its history, the Beetle has been an innovative design, a counterculture symbol, starred in Hollywood films, and won races. No matter where or when it appeared, the body and design of the “Bug” has always been instantly recognizable. After the last Beetle is produced during the summer of 2019, it will mark the first time in over 20 years that the VW U.S. lineup hasn’t featured this iconic model.

Two Cool

To celebrate the heritage of the Beetle, two special models — the Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL — join the final-year lineup. Both are available in coupe and convertible body styles and feature exclusive equipment, unique décor, and heritage-inspired exterior colors.

Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out

With a standard sunroof, the Final Edition models offer all drivers a chance to catch some rays.

And the power-folding soft top on the convertible model makes letting the outside in as easy as a push of a button.

Classic Colors

When it was produced in 2003, the Beetle Última Edición — which marked the worldwide end of the first-generation Beetle — came in beige and light blue. The Beetle Final Edition models echo those hues with Safari Uni and Stonewashed Blue Metallic.

Enthusiasts will recognize Stonewashed Blue Metallic, which is a nod to the 1970 Jeans Bug and most recently seen on the 2016 Beetle Denim. The Safari Uni is a new twist on the Harvest Moon Beige color from the New Beetle generation. The Final Edition models will also come in Pure White, Deep Black Pearl, and Platinum Grey Metallic. And for the first time, an exclusive brown roof option will be available on the convertible, in addition to the beige and black roof. 

In Shape

Inside the Final Edition SE models are unique cloth and leatherette rhombus-pattern seats while SEL models feature standard diamond-stitched leather seating surfaces.

All of the Lights

Final Edition SEL models come equipped with Bi-Xenon® headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), LED taillights, and fog lights.

Rethinking the Wheels

“A new set of wheels” is more than just an expression: Both Final Edition models feature unique wheel designs. The Final Edition SE models come with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with a 15-spoke design.

On the other hand, the Final Edition SEL models sport 18-inch white aluminum-alloy wheels in a disc design, reminiscent of the Última Edición whitewall tires. 

Media Frenzy

Final Edition SE models feature a Composition Media infotainment unit with a 6.3-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity for compatible devices,1 a USB multimedia port, SiriusXM® radio with a three-month trial subscription,2 Voice Control, and Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect3 smartphone integration.

The Final Edition SEL upgrades to a Discover Media infotainment unit, featuring navigation, Car-Net® Security & Service,4 and Guide & Inform,5 as well as Fender® Premium Audio.

More Tech You’ll Love

All Beetle Final Edition models offer Driver Assistance technology.6 The SE models include standard Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert, while SEL models add standard front and rear Park Distance Control.

Performance, Of Course

While the Final Edition models include a number of new touches, performance remains constant, powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder TSI® engine with 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of the models is 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined.7

Delightful Details

No corner of the Beetle Final Edition has been overlooked. Inside features the standard keyless access with push-button start,8 Safari Uni color dashpad with heritage-inspired Käferfach glovebox or “Beetle bin”, a gloss-black center console, and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with unique “Beetle” clip.

Outside, stainless-steel pedal caps and a tailgate “Beetle” badge complete the look.