Volkswagen’s latest 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI was revealed at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show and will be available later this summer. The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI will feature transmission choices that include a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic, both of which send power to the front wheels. This car will contain chrome trim along the tops of the doors, unique 17-inch alloy wheels and TDI badging on the trunklid on exterior. This car will include oil temperature and turbo boost gauges as well as a stopwatch, mounted on the dashboard above the center stack.
New 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI is a fuel-efficient TDI diesel iteration. The 2013 Beetle TDI will come with the newest version of Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder, which delivers 140 horsepower and tremendously strong 236 pound-feet of torque. It will be connected to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG (dual-clutch) automated manual gearbox, similar to the 2.0T gasoline engine. This engine is also found as both a perky performer and almost incredibly economical in Jetta, Golf, Passat and even the Audi A3 in current years. So, the 2013 Beetle does not need to downshift at highway speeds.
The new engine is made after a number of improvements over the old 1.9-liter turbo four such as reduced noise, vibration and harshness; common-rail design; and an intake manifold that features active flap valves, which better maintains optimal air flow. The Beetle TDI will also come with a particulate filter, gas exhaust recirculation, and three different catalytic converters for nitrogen oxides, oxidation and hydrogen sulfide, so this car will meet emission standards in all 50 states.
The 2013 Beetle TDI takes well to being revved and driven hard in the same way as a gasoline engine on some two-lane stretches around Half Moon Bay, California. Ride quality of this car is great as there is actually no shudder at idle or excessive noise when driver revs it; and interior appointments are as the 2012 VW Beetle models. Handling of it was similar to the Beetle Turbo with its rather quick-ratio steering and a light feel, as well as its response was much crisper. Users can simply allow that wave of torque to take them confidently out of one corner and on to the next, if they are not in the mood to downshift. EPA ratings/Fuel economy for the newest Beetle TDI ring in at 29 mpg city, 39 highway.
The Beetle TDI will get a three-level trim lineup such as TDI base; TDI with sunroof; and TDI with sunroof, sound and navigation. TDI base will contain interior and exterior chrome package, an eight-speaker sound system and bluetooth phone connectivity. TDI with sunroof will feature a sliding and tilting power sunroof with a full-color touch-screen radio head unit. TDI with sunroof, sound and navigation will come with the RNS 315 navigation system and a Fender premium audio system.
The Beetle TDI utilizes surface leatherette seating, eight-speaker audio system, keyless entry, bluetooth connectivity, iPod, radio touch srcreen unit, electronic stability control, 6-disc CD changer and touch-screen premium audio system. Each Beetle will include driver and front passenger airbags; electronic stability control; as well as front and rear side curtain airbags as standard. It is expected that the 2013 Beetle TDI will be priced somewhere in the mid-$20,000 range. As well, its full pricing details will be released in this summer by Volkswagen.
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