We knew it was coming, but it wasn’t official until today: Volkswagen will kill the Beetle after the 2019 model year. To give this quirky rig the send-off it deserves, VW will sell a new Final Edition lineup with a few special touches.
The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition will be available in two trims: SE and SEL. There also will be two body styles: coupe and convertible. The most striking part of the Final Edition models will be their exclusive colors, which include Harvest Moon Beige and Stonewashed Blue. Buyers can also opt for a few carryover colors from the standard Beetle lineup, including Pure White, Deep Black Pearl, and Platinum Grey. Setting the convertible Final Edition models apart will be their brown soft tops.
The Final Edition models also will gain some extra bling on the outside from chrome accents, while body-colored mirrors, a “Beetle” emblem in place of the “Turbo” emblem, 15-spoke 17-inch wheels on SE models, and 18-inch disc-design white wheels and Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights on SEL models gussy things up a little more.
The Beetle Final Edition gets some upgraded features to make it even more desirable. These include desirable amenities like heated washer nozzles, a sunroof, keyless entry and push-button start, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, Climatronic climate control, a gloss-black center console, Safari Uni color dash pad with the classic kaeferfach glovebox or “Beetle bin,” three-color ambient lighting, cloth and leatherette rhombus-pattern seats on SE models, and diamond-stitched leather seat on SEL models.
Unfortunately, VW won’t send the Beetle packing with a booming engine. Instead it will continue with its normal 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic will be the only transmission option.
In the coupe body, the 2019 Beetle SE Final Edition will start from $23,045, and the convertible version will run $27,295. Moving to the SEL Final Edition will push the coupe to $25,995 and the convertible to $29,995.