Volkswagen Reveals New Beetle Convertible Diesel.

By Dan Collins on 5 October 2012
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In advance of the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show,Volkswagen released photos of a convertible version of the new Beetle (not to be confused with the New Beetle, introduced in 1998, which this model replaces). In addition to the cloth roof, which can be raised and lowered on demand, the Mexican-built convertible will also be available for the first time with the company’s 140-horsepower 2.0-liter TDI four-cylinder turbo diesel motor.

The 2013 Beetle Convertible is longer and slightly less round than the outgoing model, although this becomes unnoticeable once the ten-second process of lowering the convertible top is completed. Volkswagen says that with the cloth roof, reinforced A-pillar and automatic roll over support system, the newer Beetle convertible provides space and safety for four adults and their cargo, just like the coupe.

EPA fuel economy estimates for the Beetle Convertible TDI are 28 mpg (8.4 l/100 km) in the city and 41 (5.7) on the highway, with a combined rating of 32 mpg (7.35 l/100 km), making it the most fuel-efficient four passenger convertible on the market, and any convertible other than the out-of-production electric Tesla roadster and the Smart Fortwo golf cart.

The Beetle Convertible goes on sale later on this year, the TDI included, with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed DSG dual clutch transmissions. Pricing has not yet been announced.