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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

Updated February 8, 2017

This news should make beetle fans happy. A convertible version is finally on its way. Volkswagen has yet to drop any solid photos on us yet but judging by the fully electric E-Bugster they dropped the veil off at the Beijing Auto Show we have a pretty good idea. But we’ll know for sure when the real deal has its debut showing at the Los Angeles Auto Show this coming November.

There will be three retro styled editions as a celebration of the Beetle Cabriolet launch. They will be dubbed the 50’s, 60’s and the 70’s special editions. Each will emulate design cues from each respective decade’s model. Including available colors and even whitewall tires. They will be available to buy shortly after the Los Angeles Auto Show both in the US and Europe.

Remnants of the modern 2012 Beetle coupe will be obvious. Such as the longer slighter arch to the roofline. The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet will have a more chopped appearance in credence to the California influence on the Bug over the years. The Beetle will be more muscular and masculine than previous models as well.

The powertrain available will be the same as the hardtop. Basic entry level models will have the 170hp 2.5 liter. From there it goes up just like the price will. The 200hp 2.0 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder option will be available and as well the 140hp 2.0 liter TDI turbo diesel. Coming as s bit of a shocker is the absence of a hybrid version. But that could change so stay tuned. Fuel economy won’t be as good in the Beetle Cabriolet as it will be a heavier car. Bt still a good 40mpg should be attainable. All three engines will have the options of the six speed manual and six speed dual clutch automatic transmissions.

Volkswagen is telling us the top will be a quick stow and fully insulated and shouldn’t require any manual latching. The top will fold away behind the rear seat and be all but invisible once it’s tucked itself away. Standard as well will be a heated glass rear window. Other than those details the 2013 Beetle Cabriolet will share all the same attributes as its hardtop sister. This is really an alternative to the new Golf Cabriolet for those with somewhat different tastes. Volkswagen is promising the new Beetle Cabriolet will go on sale early 2013. They’ve yet to inform of any pricing but you can guarantee it will cost roughly 10 percent more than the standard hardtop version.

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