By Andrew Ganz
Thursday, Nov 15th, 2012 @ 11:49 am
 

Black is back at Volkswagen, where the automaker's Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet will soon offer a pair of stylish Exclusive design packages in Europe.

Offered on either the Design or Sport trim levels, the Exclusive models include a number of cosmetic upgrades inside and out. A choice of 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels are available in either polished, white or black schemes, but the biggest changes are inside the Beetles.

The car's main dash trim is solid black on the Exclusive model, but stainless door sills and "diamond" accent stitching brighten things up a bit. Nappa "cool" leather, which has been treated to resist heating up like traditional hide, is standard, but buyers have the choice of Pepper Beige, Amber Brown or Black. Completeing the look are special textile floor mats with contrasting edging and leather-like door panel trim.

In Germany, the Beetle Exclusive will start at 22,650 euros for the hard top and 26,775 euros for the cabriolet. VW says that the ordering banks have opened immediately.

Though no Beetle Exclusive model has been announced for North America, VW's penchant for offering special edition variants of the bug-inspired coupe and convertible mean that some of this Europe-only edition's features could make their way here in the future.