Despite the falloff in popularity of the aging New Beetle at Volkswagen, the company may be considering two Beetles in the next decade. According to an item in Motor Trend, the next-generation Beetle will share its platform with the sixth-generation Golf (the current New Beetle shares its platform with Golf IV. But it also says VW is contemplating a smaller Beetle that would use the rear-engine platform developed for the company’s smaller Up! city car.
The original Beetle, of course, was built on a rear-engine platform shared with models susch as the Karmann Ghia and Microbus.
Motor Trend says the smaller model would resemble the larger Beetle and might signal a return to rear-engine drive for the Beetle nameplate.