The new model is only $505 more than the standard Beetle Convertible. That half grand gets you Heritage 17-inch wheels that are nostalgic of the 1970s Jeans Bug the model is based off. But what it won’t get you is real denim cloth seats like in the original 1974 model, (which, by the way, came in yellow.)
The new Beetle is blue inside and out.
Inside it features “jean-like” seat pockets with little “Beetle” brand flags. The seats are a “denim-looking” cloth with white piping and dark blue leatherette accents. The dashpad is done in light blue and silver.
Like any awesome pair of jeans, the Beetle offers the classic choices of Pure White and Stonewashed Blue paint colors. VW will build 1,000 of each color, and yes, that makes total production 2,000. The soft top is done in Denim Blue. It’s also made with fabric that matches the texture of a good ol’ pair of blues.
Like the standard base model, it comes with a 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine. It gets 170 horsepower with 184 pound-feet of torque.
Standard features include the VW MIB II infotainment system with a 5.0-inch touchscreen. It comes with AUX-in, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth connectivity. It also comes with a USB multimedia interface to connect to iPhones and iPods.
If denim, or rather “denim-looking” material, is not for you, the standard Beetle Convertible starts at a base price of $25,490. There is also a top trim R-line that upgrades the engine to a 2.0-liter with 210 horsepower. It starts at $29,790.
Look for the 2016 denim model to go on sale soon.