The new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet has been pictured virtually undisguised ahead of its launch

The new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet has been scooped virtually undisguised ahead of its launch later this year. The model was recently previewed at the Detroit motor show as the VW E-Bugster concept.

The new Beetle cabrio keeps the folding soft-top roof of the last-generation model. The production car gets a similar front windscreen surround to the E-Bugster concept, as well as the concept’s rear-end styling and high shoulder line.

See pictures of the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet in development

The new Beetle coupe will launch in the UK in April. The Beetle cabrio had been expected to make production also in April this year at VW’s Mexico plant, but this would appears to have slipped into the latter part of 2012.

Engines will mirror those offered in the coupe. A 104bhp 1.2-litre TSI, a 1.4-litre TSI producing 158bhp and a 2.0-litre TSI with 197bhp will be the petrol variants. Diesel options will include a 104bhp 1.6-litre TDI BlueMotion Technology and a 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI.

A range-topping Beetle R variant is likely to be restricted to the coupe, however. That car is likely to be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with around 265bhp.

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18 January 2012

I had to endure driving one of these as a courtesy car not long ago for about a week. This one looks no different, so I'll make sure I avoid it at all costs. Especially if it comes with a flower on the dashboard.

18 January 2012

Autocar: "The new Beetle coupe "

Was the original Beetle ever described as a coupe?

18 January 2012

[quote Espresso1]Was the original Beetle ever described as a coupe?[/quote]

18 January 2012

[quote Espresso1]Was the original Beetle ever described as a coupe?[/quote]

A chicken coop possibly.

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18 January 2012

[quote Fidji]

I had to endure driving one of these as a courtesy car not long ago for about a week. This one looks no different, so I'll make sure I avoid it at all costs. Especially if it comes with a flower on the dashboard.

[/quote]

Then you would be talking about the Old New beetle :-) which was dire, The new Beetle out in April in the UK does not have a flower vase/holder anymore. VW want to attract more men to buy the Beetle so out with the flower vase/holder.

18 January 2012

[quote src]VW want to attract more men to buy the Beetle so out with the flower vase/holder[/quote]

It still isn't that butch.

18 January 2012

[quote src][quote Fidji]

I had to endure driving one of these as a courtesy car not long ago for about a week. This one looks no different, so I'll make sure I avoid it at all costs. Especially if it comes with a flower on the dashboard.

[/quote]

Then you would be talking about the Old New beetle :-) which was dire, The new Beetle out in April in the UK does not have a flower vase/holder anymore. VW want to attract more men to buy the Beetle so out with the flower vase/holder.

[/quote] Needs a flatulence extractor and beer mug and foot program holders.

18 January 2012

[quote src][quote Fidji]

I had to endure driving one of these as a courtesy car not long ago for about a week. This one looks no different, so I'll make sure I avoid it at all costs. Especially if it comes with a flower on the dashboard.

[/quote]

Then you would be talking about the Old New beetle :-) which was dire, The new Beetle out in April in the UK does not have a flower vase/holder anymore. VW want to attract more men to buy the Beetle so out with the flower vase/holder.

[/quote] Needs a flatulence extractor and beer mug and foot program holders.

18 January 2012

[quote src][quote Fidji]

I had to endure driving one of these as a courtesy car not long ago for about a week. This one looks no different, so I'll make sure I avoid it at all costs. Especially if it comes with a flower on the dashboard.

[/quote]

Then you would be talking about the Old New beetle :-) which was dire, The new Beetle out in April in the UK does not have a flower vase/holder anymore. VW want to attract more men to buy the Beetle so out with the flower vase/holder.

[/quote] Needs a flatulence extractor and beer mug and foot program holders.

18 January 2012

[quote src][quote Fidji]

I had to endure driving one of these as a courtesy car not long ago for about a week. This one looks no different, so I'll make sure I avoid it at all costs. Especially if it comes with a flower on the dashboard.

[/quote]

Then you would be talking about the Old New beetle :-) which was dire, The new Beetle out in April in the UK does not have a flower vase/holder anymore. VW want to attract more men to buy the Beetle so out with the flower vase/holder.

[/quote] Needs a flatulence extractor and beer mug and foot program holders.

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