Volkswagen Beetle axed, bows out in 2019 with Final Edition models

The Volkswagen Beetle has been axed again with production in Mexico to end in 2019. Two Final Edition models (SE and SEL) mark the end of an era.

The Final Edition models are available in both coupe (hatch) and convertible, and are inspired by the Última Edición models made for the final versions of the original Beetle when it ended production in Mexico in 2003.

The Última Edición was available in just two colors: beige and light blue. The Final Edition has modern takes on these colors available, and there’s also white, black pearl, and platinum gray.

Like the Última Edición, the Final Edition models also feature lots of standard chrome.

The Final Edition SE has standard body color mirrors, heated washer nozzles, Beetle badges, 15 spoke 17″ wheels, a 6.3″ capacitive touchscreen with Composition Media infotainment, a sunroof on the hatch, KESSY keyless entry, push button start, leather steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, climate control, gloss black center console, 3 color ambient lighting, and cloth and fake leather seats.

The Final Edition SEL gains 18″ white aluminum wheels styled like the Última Edición’s steel wheels, diamond stitched leather seats, Discover Media infotainment, Fender premium audio system, bi-xenon headlamps, LED running lights, LED taillamps, and foglamps.

All 2019 Beetle models have a 2L turbo I4 with 174hp (130kW) and 184 lb-ft (249Nm), and a 6-speed auto.

Production of the third generation Beetle ends in July 2019. According to Hinrich J. Woebcken, head of VW America, Volkswagen is planning a “series of events” to mark the end of production.