The Volkswagen Beetle has been reinvented once again with the introduction of the 2012 model year at the New York Motorshow.

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Volkswagen has been careful to not only keep the original shape but modernize it to appeal to buyers in 2011. The 2012 Beetle is 1.808 m wide (8.3mm wider), 1.48m tall (12mm lower) and 4.27 meters long (152.4 millimeters longer).

The new VW Beetle can be had with a choice of thee engines: a 2.5-litre petrol five cylinder, a 2.0-litre TDI Clean Diesel and a 2.0L TSI turbocharged petrol engine.

The petrol models will come with either a 5-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic on 2.5L models. Opting for a diesel Beetle will get you the option for a DSG 6-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The interior is very much Volkswagen but the Beetle gets its own unique touch with unique dials and a more rounded shape to the instruments.

Some of the more notable features of the new Beetle include an 8-speaker RCD 310 with the option for a sat-nav. There is also a transparent panoramic roof that is available as an option.

CarAdvice will have a review of the new Beetle as soon as possible so check back for more details and Australian specifications.

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