Originally Posted by AutocarMost Beetle Cabriolets will have a torsion beam suspension arrangement. Only the 2.0 TSI will have a multilink rear setup
These are the first pictures of the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet. It will make its public debut at the LA motor show in November.
The Beetle Cabriolet features a soft top which folds in ten seconds. Unlike the car it replaces, the roof “lies very flat, enabling good vision to the rear”.
Seven engine options will be available, closely mirroring the hatchback model. A 103bhp 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine will be available from launch, with a Bluemotion Technology version soon after. A 158bhp 1.4 TSI and 197bhp 2.0 TSI will complete the petrol range. Diesel choices will include a 103bhp 1.6-litre TDI offered with, or without Bluemotion Technology, and a 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI.
A Volkswagen spokesman confirmed the Beetle Cabriolet will feature the hatchback’s multllink front and torsion beam rear suspension. Only the range-topping 2.0 TSI model will carry a more sophisticated four-link rear arrangement.
Like the Beetle hatchback, the Cabriolet will be built in Volkswagen’s plant in Puebla, Mexico, sharing the same platform as the Jetta, itself a modified version of the Golf Mk6 platform.
The Cabriolet will be fitted with an active rollover protection system featuring two extendable modules behind the rear seat backs activated, in the event of a rollover, via the airbag control unit. Volkswagen says the system will deploy in milliseconds, providing front and rear protection for all four occupants.
No pricing has been revealed, but it is expected Cabriolet models will attract a premium of between £2500 to £3000 over the hatchback, with the first deliveries arriving next summer. More details will be revealed at the car’s public unveiling in Los Angeles.