The cabriolet model of the new VW Beetle is set to make world debut at La Auto Show in November and is expected to go on sale in the Uk next spring.
Volkswagen has reinterpreted the timeless design of the Beetle by
giving it a sportier and more dynamic look with a flatter roofline and a
more upright windscreen to make the car resemble that of the legendary
original Beetle Cabriolet.
Another feature contributing to the charm of the new Beetle Cabriolet is
the traditional soft top. When open it lies very flat, and opens and
closes entirely automatically (on all models) within around 10 seconds,
including on the move. Also when set in the down position the roof will
be hidden under a soft-top cover.
To provide added safety in the event of a rollover accident,
Volkswagen has developed an active rollover protection system. It
consists of two extendable modules fitted inside the vehicle in
concealed fashion behind the back of the rear bench seat. If the car
were to roll over, the two rollover modules would be activated via the
central airbag triggering unit. Along with the fixed A-pillars, they
provide effective protection for the occupants of all four seats within a
matter of milliseconds. Another extra safety feature is the standard
front and head-thorax airbag system.
The new Beetle Cabriolet will be available with a choice of seven
engines. The entry-level engine is a highly efficient 1.2-litre TSI
with 104bhp. Straight after launch, the BlueMotion Technology version
of this petrol engine will also be available. The other petrol options
are the 1.4-litre TSI and the 2.0-litre version, producing 158bhp and
198bhp respectively. Diesel engines comprise of a 1.6-litre TDI with
105bhp (also available as a BlueMotion Technology version) and a
2.0-litre TDI with 140bhp.
The Beetle Cabriolet will make its world debut at the Los Angeles
Motor Show on 28 November and is due to go on sale in the UK in spring
2013. Prices and specification details will be announced closer to