The Volkswagen Beetle is a long-running icon that has ended production in July this year, with the last unit having rolled out of the third-generation Beetle production facility in Puebla, Mexico. Though global market production has ceased, Malaysians can still get their hands on new units, and as a special edition at that.

Enter the Retro edition, of which just three units will be sold at the Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) 2019 which is ongoing this weekend at the Setia City Convention Centre. The base vehicle is a 1.2 TSI model with 105 PS from 5,000 – 5,500 rpm and 175 Nm from 1,400 – 4,000 rpm, driving the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.

The accessories kit bundled on the Retro edition comprises aluminium side scuff plates, ‘Circle White’ alloy wheels measuring 7J x 17″ with 215/55R17 tyres, a rear spoiler and VW Tint.

Standard kit here includes bi-xenon headlamps with LED DRLs, front foglamps with static cornering lights, heated exterior mirrors with electric adjustment and power folding, manual headlamp range adjustment and exterior mirrors with turn indicators.

Safety equipment includes ABS with brake assist, anti-skid regulator and electronic stability control, hill start assist, front and rear parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat mounts, front and side airbags, seat belt reminder for front occupants and an anti-theft alarm with interior monitoring, backup horn and towing protection.

Interior equipment for the Retro Beetle includes App-Connect smartphone connectivity with support for MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two-zone air-conditioning, ‘Vienna’ leather upholstery, front seats with height adjustment and lumbar support, foldable rear seats, leather handbrake lever and gearlever, multi-function leather steering wheel with shift paddles and 12-volt power outlets in the centre console.

There are just three examples of the Beetle Retro edition for sale in Malaysia; two blue units and one white unit. These are covered by a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty, five years of roadside assistance and three years of free maintenance.

The Malaysian market has previously also received a limited-run Beetle in the guise of the Collector’s Edition, which made its debut in the country in the same month as the roll-out of the last Beetle from Puebla. That was limited to 75 units and was made available in four colours – Blue Silk, Pure White, Hanabero Orange, and Tornado Red, and included an official Collector’s Edition certificate of ownership.