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The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet has made its U.S. debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The third generation of the model needs 9.5 seconds to stow the soft top while in 11 seconds it can be raised again. The 1.5s difference has to do with the time the electro-hydraulic drive needs to latch the roof automatically to the windscreen frame.

Compared to the New Beetle, the latest variant is 152mm longer (4,278mm), 84mm wider (1,808mm) and 29mm lower (1,473mm). Cargo capacity has gone up by 24 liters to 225 liters, while the rear passengers can enjoy an additional 12mm of headroom.

In the United States, the 2013 Beetle Cabriolet will be sold with a U.S.-specific 5-cylinder MPI engine with 168 hp (125 kW) connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. Customers can also get it with either a 138 hp (103 kW) TDI or a 197 hp (147 kW) TSI engine, the same ones available for the Euro-spec variant. These TSI and TDI engines can be optionally mated to a 6-speed dual clutch DSG.

The TDI-equipped model hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in 9.2 seconds and returns 32 mpg in the combined cycle and 41 mpg on the highway. As for the TSI, this one reaches 62 mph in 6.9 seconds when equipped with the manual and provides a fuel efficiency of 24 mpg combined / 30 mpg highway. DSG version returns 24 / 29 mpg. The MPI engine enables the 2013 Beetle Cabriolet to return 23 / 27 mpg.

Full details are available in the next press release.


Gallery: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet drops its top in L.A. [videos]

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