Volkswagen has revealed images and details of the 2013 Beetle Convertible that will be on show at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The third-generation VW Beetle Convertible takes inspiration from it predecessors, retaining its timeless appeal and incorporates a sportier and more dynamic design approach.
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible – Specification and Features
Engine options (US) for the Beetle Convertible include the familiar entry-level 2.5-litre, five-cylinder engine that produces 127kW and 240Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The fuel efficient 2.0-litre TDI Clean Diesel four-cylinder engine produces 104kW and 320Nm of torque and returns an estimated fuel consumption figure of 5.7-litres/100km. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission while the 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission is available as an option.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI four cylinder engine offers 149kW and 281Nm of torque and is mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or the DSG automatic transmission.
Exterior and Interior Styling
The Beetle Convertible features a flatter roofline and upright windshield which is more closely aligned with the first generation of Beetle convertibles. Volkswagen opted for the traditional soft-top instead of a folding hard-top which is more common on the convertibles of today. Although the soft-top is compact when furled, it is wide and long when employed and takes about 10 seconds to open or close with the touch of a button.
The interior retains popular design cues of the latest beetle such as the body-colour dashboard and stylish gauges and trim. The Beetle Convertible features a spacious cabin big enough to seat four passengers and has ample space for luggage. The fold-down, split rear bench increases versatility even further.
For safety features the Beetle Convertible features an Automatic Rollover Support System. Two roll-over bars are concealed behind the back of the rear bench seat and are activated by the computer that deploys the airbags in the event of a crash. The driver and passenger benefit from combined head-thorax airbags which are fitted as standard.
The new Volkswagen Beetle Convertible will be launched in the US towards the end of 2012. There is no indication that the Beetle Convertible will be available in South Africa.