The new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet has made its debut on the L. a. Auto Show, and jointly is offered to reserve within the UK in advance of the primary cars arriving in April.
It’s the most recent chapter in a singular automotive story that started with the unique Beetle Convertible in 1949 and continued with the recent Beetle Cabriolet of 2002. Over 330,000 original Beetle Cabriolet cars were constructed from 1949 to 1980, and over 230,000 New Beetle Cabriolets were in-built just eight years.
In creating the newest Beetle Cabriolet, Volkswagen has reinterpreted its timeless design, making a silhouette that may be straight away instantly recognisable and yet sportier and more dynamic. At 1,473 mm tall, 4,278 mm long and 1,808 wide (excluding mirrors), the newest Beetle Cabriolet is 29 mm lower, 152 mm longer and 84 mm wider than its predecessor.
At 225 litres the boot is 24 litres larger than that during the former model, while the rear seat bench is usually folded. The windscreen is likewise moved rearward, modifying the contours of the roof and creating 12 mm more headroom inside the rear. The multi-layer hood with glass rear screen folds automatically in precisely 9.5 seconds – even while driving at as much as 31 mph – and may be raised in 11.0 seconds. A tonneau is supplied to hide the roof when folded.
The UK engine range follows that offered within the Beetle coupé. All engines are direct-injection, four-cylinder turbocharged units. The 3 petrol engines are a 1.2-litre TSI 105 PS; a 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS; and a couple of.0-litre TSI 200 PS. The 2 diesel engines are a 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS BlueMotion Technology and a 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS. Gearboxes are five- or six-speed manuals or six- or seven-speed DSG units.
The Beetle’s standard equipment list includes ESP electronic stabilisation programme including brake assist and hill hold features, and a network of airbags in addition to a typical rollover protection system, which pops up from behind the rear head restraints in milliseconds if certain lateral acceleration or tilt values are exceeded.
Three trim levels would be available within the UK: Beetle, Design and Sport. The 1.2-litre TSI and 1.6-litre TDI engines are offered in Beetle or Design trim and the 1.4-litre TSI and a couple of.0-litre TDI engines are available Design or Sport trim. The diversity-topping 2.0-litre TSI 200 PS is offered only inside the Sport model. Specification levels are high: the quality Beetle comes with air con, remote central locking, an RCD 310 CD system with DAB radio, rear Isofix seat preparation and a rear spoiler.
Moving to the mid-level Design trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels in a call of 2 styles, Bluetooth telephone preparation with MDI (multi-device interface) iPod connectivity, front fog lights, an alarm, an RCD 510 DAB CD/radio, multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel and body-coloured door and dashboard panels.
The range-topping Sport specification brings 18-inch alloys in a call of 2 styles, cruise control, sports seats, parking sensors, gloss black door mirrors, dashboard and door panels, 2Zone electronic climate control and extra sports instrument dials at the top of the dashboard.
For launch, three special edition Beetle Cabriolet models were created: the trendy ‘50s Edition’, the cool ‘60s Edition’ and the elegant ‘70s Edition’. The ‘50s’ comes exclusively in Monochrome Black paint, with black-painted ‘Orbit’ 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome door mirrors, a black hood and black or beige leather upholstery. The ‘60s’ is out there with ‘Denim Blue’ or ‘Candy White’ bodywork, a black hood and blue-and-black or red-and-black leather. The ‘70s’ model has beige leather upholstery and a beige hood to compare, together with chrome door mirrors and ‘Java Brown Metallic’ paint. Every special edition model is obtainable with a 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS engine and 6-speed manual gearbox.
Last updated: Friday, 30th Nov 2012, 12:02