2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible: First Look

Beetle Convertible 9

  • Competes with: Fiat 500, Mini Cooper 
  • Looks like: A ragtop Beetle 
  • Drivetrain: A 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 2.0-liter clean-diesel four-cylinder 
  • Hits dealerships: End of 2012

A drop-top model is returning to the Beetle lineup after a three-year hiatus. The 2013 VW Beetle convertible will go on sale at the end of this year.

In terms of styling, the ragtop should look familiar. The flat roofline and upright windshield that debuted in the redesigned-for-2012 coupe are also worn by the convertible. Ditto the interior: It borrows the coupe’s body-colored dashboard and gauge layout.

The convertible seats four and has a split-folding second row to increase cargo space. Volkswagen says it takes 10 seconds to lower the soft-top with the “touch of a button.” Standard is an Automatic Rollover Support System that consists of two rollover bars that pop up behind the rear bench seat if a rollover is detected.

The Beetle convertible will be available with the same powertrains found on the coupe: a 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 2.0-liter clean-diesel four-cylinder. Three transmissions are available: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic and a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual.

We’ll learn more when the convertible makes its official debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.


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Larry Veilleux

Does the new convertible
have an easier way to secure the top? We have a
2006 and love it, but we
find the top difficult to
fasten. Thank You

M miller

A diesel convertible!?!?!

I'd buy the Mini Cooper first over the Beetle without thinking twice. The new Beetle reputation is over, you only read complaints about it.

Looks good. Although I think that engines are to powerful.
This is beetle. Nice work, VW :)


Just look at the forth picture down…. “mechanic on duty” says it all.


Are those pictures of them standing outside the car supposed to be a depiction of how reliable the car is? Because they look like the car just broke down on them already!


why no pics of the top up??


Time to discontinue this thing already!!!


That photographer should be fired. And, I'm pretty sure the two people in the photos are just friends.

Did she forget that she was driving in the desert? That would explain why she has three layers of clothing and boots on.

And, why is she sitting down in 5th picture? Is she tired from driving? Maybe she is upset because she lost the blue Beetle. In the first photo, it appears as though she is looking for the blue one. In the second photo, she has apparently found the blue one and decided to race the feminine guy in the red one. In the third photo, she appears distraught because she misplaced the blue one. So, he picks her up and they take a rest in the desert and decide to look for the blue Beetle from there.

I really like the new beetle convertible! I was not sure how much I liked the new beetle shape of 2012 but now that I have seen the convertible, I'm sold! And, in my color - lipstick red!

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