After testing for the past year in front of spy cameras around the world, the next generation of Volkswagen's iconic New Beetle will be unveiled April 18th at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. VW will also be showing the car simultaneously in Berlin, New York City, and live on MTV.

According to VW's director of marketing, Luca de Meo, the car is assured success: "We are certain that the car’s one-of-a-kind styling combined with the latest technology will be very well received by customers." That's a bold statement, especially considering the somewhat funky looks of the 2012 New Beetle.

Beyond the unveiling announcement, VW has given us no other details. Nonetheless, we expect the new car to feature a revised suspension and chassis, including a wider track and longer wheelbase. The rear torsion beam will be replaced by a multi-link rear suspension layout, and MacPherson struts will find a home up front.

Powertrains should tap VW's range of small naturally-aspirated and turbocharged engines, with a TDI diesel version possible as well.

Just a few weeks until all will be revealed, so stay tuned for further coverage.