2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI to debut at 2012 Chicago Auto Show

The new Volkswagen Beetle is already getting much acclaim for its new 2.5L and Turbo models. At the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen will show a third model to the lineup with a fuel-efficient TDI Clean Diesel variant.

The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI, the first Beetle TDI Clean Diesel model since 2006, is powered by the company’s 2.0 liter turbocharged, direct-injection diesel engine making 140-hp and a maximum torque of 236 lb-ft of torque. Mated to either a 6-speed manual or a dual-clutch DSG transmission, estimated fuel-economy comes in at 29/39 mpg (city/highway).

The 2013 Beetle TDI will be available in three models including the TDI, TDI with Sunroof and the TDI with Sunroof, Sound and Navigation. All models come standard with power windows with one-touch up/down; cruise control; V-Tex Leatherette seating; the kaeferfach secondary glovebox; Bluetooth; a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with audio controls; three auxiliary gauges; Keyless entry with push-button start; and a Media Device Interface with iPod cable.

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The base 2013 Beetle TDI model comes standard with 17-inch alloy-wheels, a standard audi system with AM/FM radio, CD player, Bluetooth, and eight speakers.It also gets an interior and exterior chrome package. The TDI with Sunroof adds a panoramic tilt/slide sunroof, a Premium VIII audio system with a full-color touchscreen display, a 6-disc CD changer, and an SD card reader. The TDI with Sunroof, Sound and Navigation adds a 5-inch touchscreen with navi and a Fender Premium audio system.

The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI will go on sale this summer – prices will be announced closer to launch.

– By: Omar Rana