Volkswagen has announced plans to introduce the 2013 Beetle TDI at the Chicago Auto Show. It goes on sale this summer

Volkswagen has announced plans to introduce the 2013 Beetle TDI at the Chicago Auto Show.

Looking virtually identical to its petrol-powered cousin, the TDI is distinguished by special badging, additional chrome trim and unique 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Interior changes are limited, but there's a supplementary instrument pod which has a stopwatch and oil temperature / turbo boost gauges. Options include a panoramic tilt/slide sunroof, a Fender audio system and GPS navigation.

Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel engine with 140 PS (103 kW / 138 hp) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. It can be connected to a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch transmission, which enables the model to return an estimated 29 mpg city / 39 mpg highway (US).

The 2013 Beetle TDI will go on sale this summer, but there's no word on pricing.

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