New VW Beetle Convertible photos released

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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It's only fitting that the upcoming VW Beetle Convertible will soon make its debut in Los Angeles, California, the land of endless summers. But before it heads to la la land, Volkswagen released photos of his and hers models (along with a set of models, no less) to let the rest of us know what we'll be missing come November.

Of course, there's nothing anyone didn't expect to see in the new Beetle ragtop. Like the outgoing model, the 2013 Beetle Convertible is a 2012 Coupe sans hardtop, while the insulated cloth replacement roof not only looks appropriate when it's folded atop the rear bulkhead, albeit much flatter than the previous model for better rearward vision, it retracts away or can be automatically lifted into place in a mere 10 seconds, keeping the beautifully finished new interior protected from any flash showers.

Although no photos of the 2013 Beetle Convertible with the top up have been released, the car looks more classically proportioned than the outgoing model, thanks to a longer hood, flatter roofline and shorter rear deck. This makes it look sportier too, while the overall design is more aggressive and therefore should appeal more to men, like the cool California dude in the photos (yes I know, these two are probably German with the California background shot in Spain).

And you'll be happy to know that his pretty locks will be kept intact even if his driving skills aren't as finely honed as his sense of style, thanks to computer-actuated roll bars tucked in behind the rear seats capable of deploying within milliseconds of sensing a rollover.

Like the 2012 Beetle Coupe and identical 2013 model, the new Beetle Convertible gets a strong base 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine capable of 170-horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, yet unlike the Coupe a 5-speed manual is not part of the Convertible equation. If you want DIY shifting you'll need to move up to one of two 2.0-litre turbocharged engines.

The 2013 Beetle Convertible can be had with the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder offered in the Coupe Sportline, an engine that makes a heady 200-horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque and comes standard with a 6-speed manual or can be optioned out with a 6-speed DSG dual-clutch sequential automatic. The same transmission choices can be had with the 2.0-litre TDI Clean Diesel four-cylinder, an engine that only makes 140-horsepower but will easily chirp the front tires at takeoff thanks to 236 lb-ft of torque. The Beetle Convertible TDI gets a claimed EPA (metric converted) highway fuel economy rating of 5.7 L/100km with its 6-speed manual transmission. Expect Canadian fuel economy numbers to be even "better", although less realistic.

Along with Canadian fuel economy numbers, Canadian pricing will be announced prior to the new Beetle Convertible going on sale, which will be after the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year.
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Topics: Convertible, Volkswagen, VW, 2013, Beetle Convertible, $20,000 - $29,999, $30,000 - $39,999, Compact,

Organizations: Volkswagen

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