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VW considering the return of the Camper

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Shortly after its demise, it appears the iconic Camper could be making a return, as part of VW's new model plan. This includes a significant revamp of the Beetle and an associated range of retro style models based upon the Beetle.

Among these, VW is planning an all new Camper, a crossover and a modern coupé. These will ride upon VW's latest MQB platform architecture, which is already in use by the current Golf. The company has not yet confirmed if the new cars will be part of a Beetle-badged sub line, although VW is said to believe the Beetle brand image is powerful enough to lead its own model range in the style of Fiat and its 500 collection.

However, it's the Camper that is likely to excite the most public interest. In 2011, a possible new Camper was previewed at the Geneva Motor Show by the Bulli concept. This was an electric powered development of the VW up! City car but the firm is now said to favour a larger option, based upon the Beetle.

A retro, Sixties theme is thought to be on the cards for the exterior styling, but this will hide a thoroughly modern engineering set up. The engine technology will include a range of new three cylinder 1.0 litre engines, plus the option of four wheel drive. Unfortunately, there is still a long development process ahead, with the new releases set for 2019.

As part of its new Beetle family, VW is working on a sporty version of the car to join the current hatchback and Cabriolet, in the style of Mini's Coupe. This will sit low on the road like the e-Bugster concept, with similar narrow windows and much racier styling than the rest of the Beetle line up.

Fittingly, a sport engine will be powering the car, probably the 296bhp unit from the Golf R and a four wheel drive format. To accompany this, an SUV/crossover style model is planned, as previewed by this January's Beetle Dune concept from the Detroit Motor Show. In true crossover style, it will have an elevated ride height and off-roading style body cladding.

There will be hybrid power-trains along with the three cylinder petrol and diesel range and higher specification models will be offered with VW's 4Motion four wheel drive system. Along with the development of new engines, VW is also working on an advanced new dual clutch 10 speed automatic transmission, that it hopes to offer in a variety of models in the future.

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