VW has revealed the third generation of the Beetle Cabriolet before the car’s public in November at the L.A. Motor Show.
Volkswagen has decided to reveal the third generation of the Beetle Cabriolet before the car’s public debut scheduled for the end of November at the L.A. Motor Show. The top of the car is automatic on all trim levels and needs about ten seconds to open or close after hitting a button. This procedure can be done at speeds of up to 30 mph (48 km/h).
As you would expect from a cabrio, VW has strengthened the A-pillars and also developed an “Automatic Rollover Support System” consisting of two roll-over bars located behind the back of the rear bench seat which by the way is foldable.
Customers in Europe can get the new model with one of the following engines, starting with the entry-level gasoline 1.2-liter TSI that produces 104 hp (77 kW), followed by the same engine but with the company’s BlueMotion tech. Other gasoline engines include a 1.4-liter TSI with 158 hp (118 kW) and the top-spec 2.0-liter TSI that makes 197 hp (147 kW). As for diesels, it will be sold with a 1.6-liter TDI that produces 103 hp (76 kW) and a larger 2.0-liter TDI with 138 hp (103 kW).
U.S. buyers won’t get all the engines because over there it will be sold with just three engines, beginning with an entry-level 2.5-liter gasoline with 170 hp (127 kW) and peak torque of 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. There’s also a 2.0-liter diesel with 140 hp (104 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) that manages to return 41 mpg with the standard 6-speed manual. It’s also available with an optional DSG.
In the United States, the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle can also be fitted with the 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI gasoline engine that generates 200 hp (149 kW) and 207 lb-ft (280 Nm) of torque, an engine available with a 6-speed manual or a DSG.
It will adopt the multilink front and torsion beam rear suspension of the hatchback, except for the version with the 2.0 TSI engine which features a four-link rear layout.