You always knew it was coming and VW has finally announced the arrival of its Volkswagen unveiled its third-gen Beetle Convertible.
Based on the more sporty chassis of the latest Beetle hardtop, it uses a traditional fabric soft-top to control cost and weight. When the electric-powered top is down, it protrudes slightly above the trunk but takes only about 10sec to erect.
Inside, the Convertible differs little, if at all, from its hard-top brethren but two roll-over bars are concealed behind the rear seat, activated by the computer that deploys the airbags in the case of a crash as part of the Automatic Rollover Support System.
Along with the fixed A-pillars, the bars provide protection for the occupants of all four seats within milliseconds. Driver and front passenger combined head-thorax airbags are also among the standard equipment.
The US version of the new Beetle Convertible will have three engine options. The entry-level is the 170hp 2.5-liter five-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 140hp/236 lb-ft 2.0-liter TDI is also available, delivering an EPA estimated 41mpg on the highway with the six-speed manual transmission. (The six-speed DSG is also available with this engine.)
Finally, the 200hp 2.0-liter TSI turbo can be ordered with either a manual or DSG automatic.
Beetle Convertible pricing for the US market will be announced closer to launch at the end of this year.