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VW promises Passat facelift among 2016 changes

Beetle
• New, value-laden 1.8T S model
• New naming strategy simplifies the lineup: 1.8T models run S, SE, SEL and 2.0L TDI® Clean Diesel models and R-Line models run SE and SEL
• MIB II infotainment systems with USB across the lineup, VW Car-Net App-Connect on all but base model
• Automatic Post-Collision Braking System added as a standard feature
• New lighting package
• Four new exterior colors introduced throughout model year

For 2016, a new value-oriented 1.8T S model enters the Beetle lineup. It will offer a rear spoiler; 16-inch Whirl aluminum-alloy wheels; automatic headlights and an auto-dimming mirror; cloth seats; front lumbar supports; leather-wrapped steering wheel,
shift knob and parking brake; a 5-inch MIB II touchscreen radio with USB; and a six-speed automatic transmission, all for under $20,000.

The lineup continues with the well-equipped 1.8T SE (replacing the 1.8T base from model year 2015), which includes; a 6.3-inch MIB II touchscreen radio with USB and VW Car-Net App-Connect; voice control; and a rearview camera. The 1.8T SEL (replaces 1.8T w/ Sunroof) adds 18-inch Disc aluminum-alloy wheels; navigation; and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert. Changes to the TDI and R-Line models largely mirror revisions to the TSI lineup, except they've been streamlined to SE (replacing base model) and SEL (replacing models w/ Sunroof, Sound & Navigation).

A new lighting package is available for 2016 on all 1.8T and TDI models and R-Line SE, including Bi-Xenon headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights and an LED rear license plate light.

Beetle Convertible
• New naming strategy simplifies the lineup: 1.8T and R-Line models run S, SE, SEL and 2.0L TDI models run SE and SEL
• MIB II infotainment systems with USB across the lineup, VW Car-Net App-Connect on all but base model
• Automatic Post-Collision Braking System added as a standard feature
• New lighting package
• Five new colors introduced throughout model year

Like the Beetle, the 2016 Beetle Convertible range receives new names, but most of the content carries over. The 1.8T S and R-Line S replace the base models; SE models replace 1.8T w/ Technology, R-line w/ Sound and TDI base model; all SEL models replace models w/ Sound and Navigation. Automatic headlights are standard on all models now and voice control is added to SE models.

A new lighting package is available for 2016 on all 1.8T and TDI models and R-Line S and SE models, including Bi-Xenon headlights; LED Daytime Running Lights; and an LED rear license plate light.
 
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