The icon now in 1.4 TSI form

Volkswagen Malaysia has extended the Beetle range by launching the Beetle with a 1.4-litre TSI engine. Previously VW only offered the 1.2 TSI and the 2.0 TSI. VW claim that the addition of the new engine is aimed at extending the reach to a wider group of Beetle enthusiasts.

Regarding the latest addition, Volkswagen Group 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. We hope that the extension of engine choices will make the car appeal to more Malaysians.“

This 1.4-litre TSI engine produces 158bhp and a healthy 240Nm of torque. It’s mated to a seven-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG), which is then able to propel this bug from 0 to 100km/h in 10 seconds and reach a top speed of 207km/h. VW’s 1.4 TSI bug is able to return 16km/L on a combined cycle.

It rolls on 17-inch ‘Spin’ alloy wheels and features a rear spoiler. The car also comes with mirror housings coated in black, aluminium pedal clusters, interior ambient lighting, gearshift wrapped in leather and the XDS Extended Electronic Differential Lock.

As for the entrainment side of things, the 1.4 TSI Beetle comes with a colour touchscreen audio system and an integrated 6-disc CD changer with an interface for an SD card slot and ipod adapter. To top it off, the audio system features an 8-speaker setup, perfect for those who prefer their music to have more depth.

The bug’s dashboard has the same form and colour as the dash pad, which is in Piano black and as for the rest of the features, they include Vienna leather-trimmed seats, cruise control, four airbags, the Electronic Stability Program(ESP) and Climatronic air-conditioning system.

The new Beetle comes in 6 different colours including Tornado RedVolkswagen is offering the Beetle 1.4 TSI in six colours, which include Tornado Red, Saturn Yellow, Reflex Silver, Deep Black, Reef Blue and Candy White.  The car is priced at RM179,888 and test drives for the bug are now available at Volkswagen dealerships nationwide.

For further information you can log on to Volkswagen Malaysia’s website at or if you fancy a pre-owned bug, Motor Trader has a number them worth looking at.

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