We were on Volkswagen Malaysia’s website, when a few stray clicks led us to an authorised dealer recruitment page. We don’t have the means to be Klang Valley’s biggest VW dealer yet, but downloaded the application form for curiosity’s sake. Going through the ‘Volkswagen Business Plan Presentation’ PDF document, one page popped out.

As you can see from the screenshot of the page below, upcoming models with prices yet to be confirmed include the Touareg Hybrid and new Beetle, the latter in 1.2 and 2.0 form. The Beetle is coming, that’s for sure (NKVE users, look out for billboards teasing the reborn icon at the Damansara interchange), but this is the first hint that the bug will arrive with two engine options.

The 1.2 TSI engine is the same one found in the Polo hatchback. It makes 105 PS and 175 Nm of torque from 1,550 to 4,100 rpm. Paired to a seven-speed DSG gearbox, it pushes the Beetle from 0-100 km/h in 10.9 seconds. We previously saw an ad of the 1.2 TSI posted on oto.my.

The “New Beetle 2.0” in question should be the 2.0 TSI, as it’s unlikely that VW will bring in the 2.0 TDI diesel. If so, we’ll have a fast bug with 200 PS and 280 Nm of torque, good for 0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds when paired to a six-speed DSG. VW also makes a six-speed manual version, but like the oil burner, there’s little chance of it reaching our shores.

Moving on, the Touareg Hybrid is powered by a supercharged 333 PS 3.0 V6 TSI engine supported by a 47 hp electric motor. The latter can operate independently of the V6, and the SUV can travel at speeds of up to 50 km/h on battery power alone, although it acts as a performance enhancer most of the time. The Touareg Hybrid does 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 240 km/h. On the combined cycle, fuel consumption is 8.2 litres per 100 km.

The second-gen Touareg is currently sold here in 3.6 V6 FSI form. Click here for our review.