2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition SE and SEL
Say it ain’t so: the VW Beetle is about to go. That’s right, for the second time the model is being discontinued. We can’t say it’s too much of a shock since rumors have been circulating for at least six months. Still, it doesn’t make us any less sad to see it become official. Fortunately, there is some warning. The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle will be the last model year, and to honor it, VW has announced Final Edition SE and SEL trims.
Why is VW getting rid of the Beetle?
Volkswagen is a brand that is known to be proud of its heritage. It’s no wonder, either, when models like the Beetle and Golf are some of the longest running templates. The Beetle, you may have noticed, is only in its third generation, but the Golf is in its seventh. This is because the Beetle has been discontinued before. The vehicle only lasted in the U.S. from 1950 (as a rare import, at first) until 1979 before being discontinued the first time. It returned to the market in 1998 as the New Beetle and has been redesigned once since then, in 2012.
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Unfortunately, sales are dwindling as shoppers look for bigger, roomier vehicles. There are still some fans out there that would hate to see it go. The Final Edition is for them. It comes in SE and SEL trims and has two exclusive color options, Stonewashed Blue and Safari Uni. The interior also has a Safari Uni dashboard. Chrome accents and special Beetle and Turbo badging also indicate this model is a limited edition.
Key features include Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, keyless entry with push-button start and Car-Net App-Connect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SEL trim further adds Bi-Xenon headlights, built-in navigation and Fender Premium Audio.
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