Do you have a love bug going on? Not that kind of love bug, we’re talking about the VW Beetle here. Volkswagen has officially unveiled its 2013 Beetle Convertible. The latest Beetle Convertible will mark the third-generation of the iconic VW ragtop since its first introduction in 1949. The reinterpreted Beetle Convertible continues with its classic design but now boasting a sportier and more dynamic silhouette. VW bills the new Beetle Convertible as a combination of practicality and fun-to-drive.
The new 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible combines a flatter roofline and a more upright windshield to resemble of the original Beetle convertible. The soft-top can be folded away in just 10 seconds, which has an automatic rollover support system that can actuate two bars behind the rear bench seat in just four milliseconds in event of an accident.
For the interior, the 2013 VW Beetle Convertible retains much of the design cues from the previous version, such as the body-color dashboard and the stylish gauges and trim. Seating is the same as well, with room for four full-size adults. And for cargo space, it has plenty of room in front and the rear bench seat can be folded down to accommodate more cargo space if needed.
The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible will be available with three engine options in the U.S. The base model comes with a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine producing 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, and it is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. For a more fuel efficient engine, a 2.0-liter TDI® Clean Diesel four-cylinder engine produces about 140 hp and 236 lb-ft, which has an EPA estimated fuel economy of 41 mpg on the highway when coupled with a six-speed manual transmission. You can also opt for a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission as well. Last is a 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI® four-cylinder, which produces about 200 hp and 207 lb-ft. It can be mated with either a six-speed manual or DSG automatic transmission.
The new 2013 VW Beetle Convertible is expected to arrive in the U.S. by the last quarter of 2012, and pricing will be announced closer to launch date. In the meantime, check out the above.