Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
(Thursday 4 October 2012)
The convertible version of the new Volkswagen Beetle will be given its world debut at the Los Angeles Show on November 28, and go on sale in the UK next spring.
Its fabric roof can be opened or closed in ten seconds and can be hidden away under a soft cover when it's in the "down" position. To make up for the lack of overhead protection due to the removal of the regular Beetle's metal roof, Volkswagen has included a rollover protection system which brings two "extendable modules" into play in the event of a tumble.
Luggage capacity is 225 litres, well down on the hatchback's 310 litres, though if you need more space you can fold down the rear seat backs.
The Cabriolet will be available with seven engines, from the 104bhp 1.2 TSI petrol and 1.4 TDI diesel (both offered in standard and higher-economy BlueMotion Technology forms) to the 198bhp 2.0 TSI. Apart from that, UK pricing and specifications have not yet been confirmed.
Motoring history enthusiasts might like to note that this is the third soft-top Beetle, following on from the previous-generation version launched in 2002. The one before that first went on sale in 1949 and remained in production for thirty-one years.