This is the All-New 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
In the States, the new Beetle Convertible will arrive towards the end of the year offering customers three engine options starting with a base 2.5-liter gasoline unit delivering 170hp and 177 lb-ft linked to a six-speed auto, and continuing with a 140hp and 236 lb-ft 2.0-liter diesel that returns 41mpg with the standard 6sp manual (a DSG is offered optionally).
The fastest model of the range is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI gasoline engine rated at 200Hp and 207 lb-ft, which can be ordered with either a six-speed manual or DSG automatic.
U.S. prices will be announced closer to launch.
In Europe, buyers get a wider choice of seven engines. The entry-level petrol is the 104hp (105PS) 1.2-liter TSI, while next up is the same unit equipped with VW’s fuel-saving BlueMotion Technology package.
The other gasoline engines are the 158hp (160PS) 1.4-liter TSI and the 197hp (200PS) 2.0-liter TSI, while diesel options include the 103Hp (105PS) 1.6-liter TDI and the 138Hp (140PS) 2.0-liter TDI.
In Germany, buyers can order the new Beetle Convertible from November with prices starting at €21,350 (US$27,600 at today’s rates).
The new Tiguan R-Line is based on the SE trim grade. On the outside, it adds features such as bi-xenon headlights, 18-inch ‘Mallory’ alloy wheels, painted in Sterling Silver with black wheel arch extensions, unique front and rear ‘R’ design bumpers and rear spoiler, an R-Line badge on the front grille and aluminium front door sills with R-Line logo.
Inside, the “R” theme continues with front sport seats and two-tone upholstery, R-Line logo on the front head restraints, a leather multifunction steering wheel with aluminium inlay and R-Line logo and stainless steel pedals.
In the UK, the R-Line is available with the Tiguan’s three most powerful engines, including the 207bhp (210PS) 2.0-litre TSI with 4MOTION and the 2.0-litre common rail TDI engine with either 138bhp (140PS) or 168bhp (170PS) and 4MOTION.
On the road prices begin at £28,020 for the R-Line 2.0-liter TDI with the petrol model costing £28,435.
2013 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion Study: 3.2lt/100km or 73.5mpg
The new Golf BlueMotion has a theoretical range of 1,562 km (971 miles). VW says that given an average annual driving distance of 15,000 km (9,300 miles), most drivers will only have to refuel ten times per year.
Besides being lighter than its predecessors – as is the case for all Golf Mk7s, the latest Golf BlueMotion also gets a new 1.6-litre TDIdiesel engineproducing an output of 109Hp (81kW / 110PS) and a peak torque of 250Nm (184 lb-ft) at 1,500 rpm, allowing for a respectable top speed of 202km/h (126mph).
To improve the car’s fuel economy, the BlueMotion model adopts several features such as “super low rolling resistance tires” with higher air pressure, longer gear ratios for the 5-speed manual gearbox, a Stop/Start system and battery regeneration mode.
According to the German carmaker, these measures take the Golf BlueMotion to a cD value of 0.27.
For the first time in the model’s (short) history, the Golf BlueMotion will be offered in two grades instead of a single trim level, as either a Trendline or Comfortline.
The Cross Caddy is based on the Caddy Edition 30 (introduced last year) adding the usual bits and pieces for a more robust crossover look. That said, you won’t be surprised to learn that the Cross Caddy is more of an exercise in style over substance than anything else.
The individualization of VW’s people carrier starts with a protective armor that encompasses plastic moldings for the lower parts of the front and rear bumpers, the wheel arches and the side sills.
Other features include the tinted windows, silver roof rails and newly designed 17-inch wheels wrapped in 205 / 50 R 17 tires, while VW offers eight colors for the exterior including a new ‘Viper Green’ shade that is familiar from the Scirocco.
The Cross version is available as a five -or seven- seater with short wheelbase and the full range of Caddy engines including TSI, TDI, natural gas and LPG engines ranging in power from 85HP (86PS) to 168HP (170PS), plus versions with DSG and 4MOTION four-wheel drive.
The exterior package available as a standalone item that can be combined with any of the twelve available Beetle colors, while the interior package is offered only as an extension of the R-Line exterior details.
The exterior R-Line package spices up the looks of the Beetle with independent black grained air inlets and chrome surrounds for the directional indicators on the front bumper, a rear diffuser, unique body side panels, colored door mirror housings, ‘R-Line’ logos on the front fenders, and 18-inch wheels.
As an option, VW offers machine-polished 19-inch “Tornado” style rims in black or white shod in even wider 235/40 performance tires.
In Germany, the Beetle Sport is available with two petrol engines, a 1.4 TSI (158HP / 160PS) or a 2.0 TSI (197HP / 200PS) and a 2.0 TDI diesel (138HP / 140PS).
The R-Line exterior package is priced at €1,290 (US$1,665), and when the interior package is included the price starts at €1,675 (US$2,160).
Volkswagen didn’t say if and when it will offer the R-Line packages in markets outside of Europe.