2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible: First Look

By Jennifer Geiger  on October 3, 2012

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  • 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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Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan.  Email Jennifer