Volkswagen may be designing a successor to its New Beetle, but when the replacement finally arrives next year, it will again share a platform with the Jetta, and not surprisingly, won't look all that different from the current model.
According to Britain's Autocar, which cites an anonymous source inside VW, the main aim of the redesign is to give the notoriously feminine car a more masculine look. The car will also have slightly different proportions and more interior space.
Pictured is the two-seater 2005 Ragster concept, which we're told may influence the next Bug's design. The chopped top and edgy fenders granted the show car some new edge, but without completely abandoning the aesthetic most associate with the Beetle.
When Volkswagen unveiled the "Final Edition" of the current New Beetle at the 2009 Los Angeles auto show, corporate officials told us designers hadn't quite locked down the design for the new car, but we would "certainly identify it as a Beetle."