VW Beetle convertible to get platform shared with Jetta, Golf
The convertible version of the Volkswagen Beetle will get its debut at the Los Angeles auto show in late November, shortly before the car goes on sale in the United States.
The launch of the 2013 VW Beetle convertible trails the arrival of the redesigned Beetle coupe by about a year in the U.S., where Volkswagen expects to gain a majority of sales. Both Beetles use VW's PQ35 front-drive platform that is shared with the current Jetta and Golf.
VW says the Beetle convertible's folding cloth top can be raised or lowered in about 10 seconds.
Safety equipment includes rollover bars concealed behind the back bench seat. If the car's safety system senses a crash, the rollover bars are deployed.
The 2013 VW Beetle convertible will be launched with three powertrain options:
2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine, rated at 170 hp. It will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder engine, rated at 140 hp. It can be mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. VW says the diesel with the manual transmission will get 5.74 liters/100km (41 mpg U.S./49 mpg UK) on the highway.
2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, rated at 200 hp. This engine can be mated to the six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Deliveries of the convertible Beetle will begin in spring next year in Europe, a spokesman told Automotive News Europe. The base price in Germany for the 1.2 TSI model will be 21,350 euros, the spokesman added.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report