NEW YORK – The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle – the third generation of the iconic car – will be available with the option of a turbo-charged TDI Clean Diesel engine, Volkswagen said. The new Beetle recently debuted in Shanghai, Berlin and New York.
In addition to the 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel engine, the 2012 Beetle will offer two other engine options: the 2.5L gasoline five cylinder and the 2.0L TSI turbocharged gasoline engine. Transmission choices will include a 5-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic on 2.5L models. Volkswagen’s DSG 6-speed dual-clutch transmission will be offered on the TDI Clean Diesel and 2.0L TSI turbocharged gasoline models, while a 6-speed manual will come standard.
The 2012 Beetle 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel is the most fuel-efficient Beetle ever, Volkswagen said. The four cylinder 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel engine produces 140 hp and 236 lb.-ft of torque. It meets all U.S. emission limits and offers manufacturer estimates of 40 mpg highway, 29 mpg city, and 33 mpg combined.
The new Beetle’s design is updated as well.
“The Beetle is now characterized by a clean, self-confident and dominant sportiness,” said Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen brand design chief. “The car not only has a lower profile; it is also substantially wider, the front hood is longer, the front windshield is shifted further back and has a much steeper incline. All of this creates a new dynamism.”