The new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet has been revealed at the LA motor show
3 October 2012

These are the first pictures of the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet, which has made its public debut at the LA motor show.

The Beetle Cabriolet features a soft-top which lowers in 9.5 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 31mph. Unlike the car it replaces, the roof lies flat, improving rear visibility and providing a clean silhouette.

Seven engine options will be available, closely mirroring the hatchback model. A 103bhp 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine will be available from launch, with a Bluemotion Technology version soon after. A 158bhp 1.4 TSI and 197bhp 2.0 TSI will complete the petrol range. Diesel choices will include a 103bhp 1.6-litre TDI offered with or without Bluemotion Technology, and a 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI. Today's unveiling also showcased a 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine, which will be for the US market only.

A Volkswagen spokesman confirmed the Beetle Cabriolet features the hatchback’s multi-link front and torsion beam rear suspension. Only the range-topping 2.0 TSI model will carry a more sophisticated four-link rear arrangement.

Like the Beetle hatchback, the Cabriolet will be built in Volkswagen’s plant in Puebla, Mexico, sharing the same platform as the Jetta, itself a modified version of the Golf Mk6 platform.

The Cabriolet is fitted with an active rollover protection system, featuring two extendable modules behind the rear seat backs. These are activated in the event of a rollover, via the airbag control unit. Volkswagen says the system will deploy in milliseconds, providing front and rear protection for all four occupants.

The new Beetle Cabriolet will start at $24,995 in the States. UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, though it is expected Cabriolet models will attract a premium of between £2500 to £3000 over the hatchback, with the first deliveries arriving next summer.

Our Verdict

The Volkswagen Beetle is only the third all-new model since the original launched in 1938. It is based on the Mk6 Golf, but the base car is far better

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3 October 2012

I really like the look of that, just a shame the underpinnings are so dated. The platform is now approaching 10-years old and torsion beam rear suspension is inadequete. Engines also a generation out of date. Guess we'll have to wait another 10-years for the Golf MK7 based version to come out.

4 October 2012

J400uk wrote:

I really like the look of that, just a shame the underpinnings are so dated. The platform is now approaching 10-years old and torsion beam rear suspension is inadequete. Engines also a generation out of date. Guess we'll have to wait another 10-years for the Golf MK7 based version to come out.

That may be so, but whereas cars may "evolve" or "improve", our infrastructure continues to crumble, so it doesn't matter that the platform is so old - if anything, it was be more resilient to our lumps, bumps and potholes!! ...

4 October 2012

I see the new roof is carefully hidden on the side profile pic and doesn't really feature in any of the other pics. 

Here's to the crazy ones......

4 October 2012

...difficult to dislike. Who really cares about the age of the underpinnings? Not the Beetle buyer, that's for sure. To moan about the floorpan etc is to miss the point of the car. Even if it were based on a Golf MkVIII platform, how many 'enthusiast' sales would it garner? Zip.

4 October 2012

kraftwerk wrote:

...difficult to dislike. Who really cares about the age of the underpinnings? Not the Beetle buyer, that's for sure. To moan about the floorpan etc is to miss the point of the car. Even if it were based on a Golf MkVIII platform, how many 'enthusiast' sales would it garner? Zip.

 

Exactly! I have driven a New Beetle, and can say it's much better than the previous version. People that buy the Beetle don't do it for the sharp chassis (that's what the Golf GTi and Scirocco are for and why I have a Scirocco!!) but it is a fun car with it's own unique charms. 

4 October 2012

Curious they should use the red car for the press shots as it makes it look almost plain in comparison to the blue car shown.

Interesting the press shots don't show the rear seat space, instead demonstrating it has back seats by doing a crafty shot with the woman in the back.

The fact she couldn't walk for weeks after because of crushed legs.........

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

4 October 2012

To me the Halfords bit stuck to the top of the dash spoils it  - is there really any need for that to be there......

17 October 2012

Funny how none of the pictures so far really display the soft top itself, guess we will have to wait until the preimier in Lalaland next month or for our <a href="http://www.mckennavwcerritos.com/content/los-angeles-certified-vw">la volkswagen</a> dealers to start carrying them. I'm excited for something different and I think it will add some character to the beetle.

21 December 2012

The 2013 Volkswagen Beetel Cabriolet made its first apperancesat the LA motor show.By only looking as its looks it would a great fansty to drive the vechile.It has also the feature of seven engine and multi link front.It would great advantages of its look.

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The 2013 Volkswagen Beetel Cabriolet made its first apperancesat the LA motor show.By only looking as its looks it would a great fansty to drive the vechile.It has also the feature of seven engine and multi link front.It would great advantages of its l

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