The 2016 vs. 2017 Volkswagen Beetle: What’s New?

January 14th, 2019 by

As the Volkswagen Beetle constantly evolves, it still maintains plenty of its original styling but with new features to keep it up to date. If you compare the 2016 version of the Beetle with the newest 2017 model, you will notice many of these updates. In fact, there were significant updates for the 2017 Beetle, giving Louisiana drivers a vehicle that is better than ever before.

New #PinkBeetle
Those who love the color pink will appreciate the newest limited-edition Beetle, the #PinkBeetle. This model has a 1.8-liter turbocharged TSI engine with direct injection and a 6-speed automatic transmission. It has 170 horsepower plus 184 pound-feet for torque and comes in an eye-catching Fresh Fuchsia Metallic color. There are chrome accents on the black side skirts and stylish gloss-black mirror caps. These also have 17-inch Linas aluminum-alloy wheels; LED daytime running lights, rear license plate lights, and taillights; and bi-xenon headlights. The interior is also unique with pink “Club” cloth seats with stripes in pink and the MIB II infotainment system.

Styling for 1.8T Beetles
Look at any of the 2017 1.8T Beetles, and you will notice some exterior changes. Higher trims now have chrome accents, and the bumpers in both the front and rear are new and more aggressive. The 1.8T Dune trim is now in its first full year with its rugged styling.

Other Trim-Specific Changes
Both the Beetle SE and SEL have a new painted center console along with a climate faceplate as a way to freshen up the interior. The newest version of the SEL trim now has Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control, Park Distance Control, and Fender Premium Audio.

Exterior Changes
In addition to those adjustments for 1.8T Beetles, all 2017 models are more dynamic and bolder. The roof profile is lower to create this bolder appearance. The wheelbase and width have also increased, contributing to its dynamic appearance.

Interior Changes
Inside the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle, you will notice an addition glovebox known as the “Beetle bin,” which folds up to complement the downward-folding standard glovebox. The Beetle comes standard with leather on the multifunction steering wheel, brake lever, and shift knob. In addition, it has a rearview camera, a rear spoiler, and power windows featuring one-touch up/down.

Learn More About the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle
You can see the updates to the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle yourself when you visit Ray Brandt Volkswagen in Harvey, Louisiana.

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