Beetle Convertible Debut

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

Following the 2012 debut of its redesigned Beetle coupe, Volkswagen showed the convertible version at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible sports the same general silhouette as its coupe sibling. It has a flatter roof line and more upright windshield than the previous-generation car (formerly known as the New Beetle). Like its predecessor, the revamped ragtop sports a soft folding roof. VW relegates hardtop convertible duties to the unrelated Eos.

Powertrain availability for the convertible also mimics that of the coupe. Standard is VW’s corporate 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine, which produces 170 horsepower and pairs with a 6-speed automatic transmission. In a somewhat surprising move, the company will offer the 2013 Beetle Convertible with a 140-horsepower 2.0-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder and 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo gasoline 4-cylinder. Transmission choices for these motors include a 6-speed manual or VW’s 6-speed “DSG” dual-clutch automated manual.

The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible will go on sale in a few weeks with a starting price a few bucks shy of $25,000.

CG Says: We’re not surprised that Volkswagen would bring back the Beetle Convertible. What is surprising is that you’ll have the choice of a fast turbocharged gasoline or frugal turbocharged diesel engine. The diesel in particular is a unique entry in the segment, and we hope to sample one very soon, even if it has to be in the dead of a Chicago winter.

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