VW released photos and some details of the coming convertibleversion of the redesigned Beetle coupe that made its debut last year.
Thecar will have its official debut at the L.A. Auto Show next month andis due in showrooms before yearend as a 2013 model. U.S. price is tillTBA -- we'd guess it will come in somewhere more affordable than VW'shardtop convertible Eos that starts at $34,350
The latest open-airBeetle -- the company bills it as the third generation Beetleconvertible, after its Type 15 that rolled out in 1949 and the NewBeetle ragtop that arrived in 2003 -- keeps the traditional fabric topand still folds in baby carriage-style in the rear, though flatter thanthe earlier models for better visibility.
It's a power top that VWsays will fold and go in 10 seconds. It also claims room for "fourfull-size adults," which we'll wait to see. But the rear-seat has asplit fold-down arrangement that should mean useful carry room.
Volkswagenalso is highlighting the topless car's extra safety gear, mostprominently pop-up roll bars behind the rear seat that are deployed bythe air bag computer. The car also will have standard side air bags thatoffer combined head and thorax protection for the front row occupants
VW says the convertible will offer all three engines available in the coupe in the U.S.:
- Base 2.5-liter gasoline five-cylinder (170 hp., 177 lb.-ft. of torque,6-speed automatic)
- 2.0-liter TDI turbo diesel four (140 hp., 236 lb.-ft., 6-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic)
- 2.0-liter turbo gasoline four (200 hp., 207 lb.-ft., 6-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic)