Rumor: 2012 Vw Beetle Convertible coming to the 2011 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 12, 2011

According to the latest reports, it appears that Volkswagen announced two new production vehicles for the 2011 LA Auto Show, that will open its doors next month. That’s right folks, we are talking about production vehicles and not concepts and this means that we are talking about two versions of the current Volkswagen products.

One car will be the convertible version of the 2012 Beetle according to KickingTires, but the other vehicle is still a surprise… it can be a three-row crossover, but it can also be the redesigned Passat CC.

The new 2012 Vw Beetle Convertible is expected to offer the same engines as the coupe version, which means that under its hood we will see the 2.5L gasoline five cylinder, the 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel and the 2.0L TSI turbocharged gasoline engine.

The models powered by the 2.5-liter engine will use the 5-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic transmission. The 6-speed manual transmission will be available as standard on the TDI Clean Diesel and 2.0L TSI turbocharged gasoline models, while as an option the buyers will get the DSG 6-speed dual-clutch transmission.

For certain special cars, one quality they have is that they have the same basic characteristics as that of their owners. A good example of this is the Beetle Cabriolet and the process of ordering one. Volkswagen is offering 5 sets of standard equipment, each with the aim of meeting the buyer’s particular preferences.

These are the Beetle, Design, Design Exclusive, Sport, and Sport Exclusive. Offered as well are 3 special models which are the 50s Edition, the 60s Edition, and the 70s Edition. Complementing all of these are the two colors for the soft top, 11 types of textile and leather trim for the interior, 12 rims, 12 finished, and other numerous visual and technical features. Different engines, both petrol and diesel powered, will be offered as well.

All engines though are expected to be efficient and turbocharged. Output for these engines is expected to be between 77 kW (105 PS) and up to 147 kW (200 PS) with fuel economy coming in from 4.5 per 1/100 km to 7.8 1/100 km. Paired to the engines are dual clutch gearboxes, either in 6-speed or 7-speed. One of the exciting features of the new Beetle Cabriolet is that the top can be closed or opened even while driving.

This is possible as long as the speed does not go beyond 50 km/h. By utilizing an electric motor, the entire operation of opening the top is quiet and takes 9.5 seconds. Closing it though takes 11.0 seconds and the extra 1.5 seconds is due to the need for the electric drive to lock the top automatically with the frame of the windscreen.

In fact, even if the soft top is down, it is kept in a compact manner and thus avoids restricting the view from its rear. Without a doubt, the new Beetle Cabriolet is not only larger but even more majestic. Its proportions are more dynamic, the roof is flatter, and its look is both wider and elongated. A Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Brand for the Technical Development revealed that the new Beetle Cabriolet takes the open Beetle and the new Beetle’s design and puts it in a more contemporary form and enhances everything to give it a more athletic look.

He continued by saying that in a number of countries in Europe, it is now possible to order the new model, and it even comes in an attractive price. In Germany for instance, base price is at 21,350 euros, guaranteeing the new Beetle Cabriolet is indeed the convertible in the company’s range to have the lowest price. For those who get the chance to be inside the new Beetle Cabriolet, they will clearly enjoy its color, sporty design, and its top-down driving experience.

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