Volkswagen of America has announced that it will end production of the iconic Beetle in 2019. To celebrate the Beetle’s rich heritage, two special Final Edition models will join the lineup for its last model year.
The 2003 Ultima Edicion (last edition) models were only available in two colours – beige and light blue. Today’s Final Edition models will feature two unique colors – Safari Uni, a reinvention of Harvest Moon Beige, a colour from the New Beetle, and Stonewashed Blue, a nod to the 1970 Jeans Bug and most recently seen on the 2016 Beetle Denim. The 2019 Final Edition Beetles are also available in Pure White, Deep Black Pearl and Platinum Grey. Convertible Final Edition models in every exterior colour except Safari Uni are available with a unique brown soft-top.
The Final Edition coupe models feature standard chrome treatments like the Ultima Edicion models, in addition to body-colour side mirrors as well as a sunroof. All the Final Edition models replace the typical “Turbo” badge on the tailgate with a “Beetle” badge.
Unique wheels complete the exterior transformation of Beetle Final Edition models – 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with a 15-spoke design, or 18-inch white aluminum-alloy wheels in a disc design reminiscent of the Ultima Edicion’s body-coloured steel wheels fitted with chrome hubcaps and whitewall tyres.
Inside, all the Final Edition models are equipped with standard Kessy keyless access with push-button start, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with unique “Beetle” clip, stainless steel pedal caps, Climatronic automatic climate control, gloss black centre console, a unique Safari Uni colour dashpad with the classic kaeferfach glovebox or “Beetle bin” that harkens to the colour-matched interior treatments in the Ultima Edicion, and three-colour ambient lighting. There is a choice of cloth and leatherette rhombus-pattern seats, or diamond-stitched leather seating surfaces.
“The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “As we move to being a full-line, family-focused automaker in the U.S. and ramp up our electrification strategy with the MEB platform, there are no immediate plans to replace it. We’re excited to kick off a year of celebrating one of the true icons of the automotive world, with a series of events that will culminate in the end of production in Puebla in July 2019.”