2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Previewed
A redesign of a convertible classic. Volkswagen has released images of the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible. The third-generation soft-top takes its design cues from the latest Beetle which has a more aggressive stance. Volkswagen says the convertible features space for four full-size adults and a fold-down split rear bench seat which offers more cargo area. The cloth top can be raised or lowered with the push of a button in about 10 seconds.
The 2013 Beetle Convertible has three engine options. A 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine which produces 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder engine is rated at 140 hp and 236 lb-ft, and delivers an EPA-estimated 41 mpg on the highway with the six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic is also available. Finally, the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, delivers 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque and can be ordered with either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic.
Pricing will be released closer to launch in the last quarter of 2012.