2013 Vw Beetle TDI priced at $23,295

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 11, 2012

Vw announced that the pricing for the new Beetle TDI Clean Diesel coupe. So, if you are looking for a stylish car with a diesel engine and you have $23,295 and an extra $770 for the destination charge, then the new Beetle is the perfect choice. The Beetle is powered by a 2.0-liter TFI engine delivering 140 hp and 236 pound-feet of torque, enough to deliver an impressive fuel economy of 41 mpg highway and 32 mpg city.

According to the manufacturer, the Beetle TDI will be available in three trims: TDI, TDI with Sunroof and TDI with Sunroof, Sound and Navigation. As we said, the TDI is priced at $23,295, while the model fitted with an automatic transmission is priced at $24,395.

This base version comes as standard with power windows with one-touch up/down; cruise control; V-Tex Leatherette seating; front-center armrest; the “Käeferfach” secondary glovebox; Bluetooth technology; leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with audio controls; three-color ambient lighting; auxiliary instrument package; Keyless entry with push-button start; SiriusXM Satellite Radio; and a Media Device Interface with iPod cable. Moreover, we find 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and an interior and exterior chrome package. The standard RCD310 audio system has an AM/FM radio, CD player, Bluetooth technology, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and eight speakers.

The Beetle TDI with Sunroof is priced at $24,895 for the model fitted with a manual transmission and at $25,995 for the version fitted with the seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Moreover, this model gets a panoramic tilt/slide sunroof and Volkswagen’s touchscreen Premium VIII radio to the Beetle TDI trim. The Beetle TDI with Sunroof, Sound, and Navigation is priced at $26,195 (manual) and at $27,295 (automatic). This model also gets the RNS 315 navigation system and the award-winning Fender Premium Audio system.

Coming in as one of the identifiable designs in the world alongside such iconic pieces as the iPhone, Coke bottles, Ray Ban Aviators, the Beetle is one of the most recognisable cars in the world. So for those who were given the challenge of reinventing a classic where did they start? First off they looked at why the Beetle is so popular.

Walter de Silva, the Volkswagen Group Design Chief and Klaus Bischoff of Volkswagen Brand examined what it was that people loved about the Beetle and how it impacted their lives. Once they had grasped the fundamentals, they set themselves the challenge of designing a new original version of the Beetle.

With Klaus Bischoff as their lead, the team began to base their initial concept on the 1998 New Beetle and a decision was made that there would be some exceedingly high dynamic proportions. One of the bonuses was that many in the team owned their own air-cooled Beetles. With it becoming a cult car almost immediately, there are many younger designers who look to modify their own Beetles.

It was this input which led to the final design being released in Wolfsburg back in 2011. With the moniker 'the car of today with the memories of yesteryear', it is clear if you were to line up the original Beetle and the new Beetle you would be able to see the similarities in both the rear sections and the side profile.

No standing still: "We remade every part."

Now more sporty, more athletic, and much more masculine, the relaunched Beetle is nothing like the original. Klaus Bischoff said that if you compare it to the 1998 Beetle, it is clear the profile has been lowered, it is wider to appeal to today's markets and it comes with a longer bonnet at the front. It is much cleaner, comes with increased confidence and the incline on the windscreen is much steeper and is now further back. This new athleticism is going to appeal to Beetle lovers both old and new.

Whereas traditionally the Beetle is a combination of semi-circles, the roof, front and rear wing, the new version has been designed to be different. In fact it now has similarities with the Ragster concept car which was revealed in Detroit in 2005. This car was a modification of the New Beetle designed to resemble a hot rod. These design changes carry through to the latest Beetle, making it look much more dynamic.

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