Volkswagen launched an extension of the engine range for The Beetle with the 1.4 TSI joining the product portfolio in Malaysia, here today. Redesigned and rejuvenated, the icon came back to Malaysia recently at the Volkswagen. Das Auto. Show 2012 in September. Two months later, The Beetle 2.0 TSI was officially launched in Malaysia.
Since then, The Beetle has been very successful in Malaysia, similar to the car’s success story worldwide after its international debut in 2011. The new engine choice is aimed at extending the reach to a wider group of Beetle enthusiasts who crave for individuality and sound choices for their favourite Volkswagen car.
Volkswagen Group Malaysia Managing Director Dr Zeno Kerschbaumer said, “The addition of The Beetle 1.4 TSI has opened the prospects for Malaysians to even more choices of the icon, and a step forward in helping the people find a Beetle that suits their needs. The Beetle is a brand in itself, and its heritage is something we are proud of. And we hope that the extension of engine choices will make the car appeal to more Malaysians.“
The Beetle 1.4 TSI is equipped with Volkswagen’s award-winning 1.4-litre engine that boasts 160PS, and 240Nm of torque. Adding to the fun driving experience, the engine emits combined output of 143g/km of CO2 and consuming a combined fuel efficiency of 6.2 litres/100km.
This engine comes equipped with Volkswagen’s 7 speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG). The Beetle 1.4 TSI can reach 100kph in 10 seconds, with a top speed of 207kph.
The Beetle 1.4 TSI features ‘Spin’ 17-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. The mirror housings come coated in black. The car comes equipped with aluminium pedal clusters, ambient lighting inside, gearshift knob wrapped in leather and the car’s XDS Extended Electronic Differential Lock.
The 1.4 TSI comes with Volkswagen’s coloured touchscreen audio system, the RCD510, an integrated 6-disc CD changer with an interface for SD cards slot and iPod adapter. This system comes with 8 speakers.
The dashboard has been given a unique touch. It has the form and colour of the front facia (dash pad) in Piano black. Additionally the 1.4 TSI comes with Vienna leather-trimmed seats, cruise control, 4 airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and the Climatronic air-conditioning system.
There will be 6 colours; Tornado Red, Saturn Yellow, Reflex Silver, Deep Black, Reef Blue and Candy White. The Beetle 1.4 TSI is priced at RM179,888.
The Beetle 1.4 TSI is available for test drives at all Volkswagen dealerships nationwide from today.
For more information, visit www.volkswagen.com.my
words & pix: Volkswagen Group Malaysia