Volkswagen announces 2013 Beetle TDI

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Volkswagen's latest iteration of its Beetle compact car debuted just last year as a 2012 model and features a 2.5-litre, 5-cylinder gasoline engine. Now, several months after its introduction, Volkswagen has announced the inevitable diesel version of its Beetle, the 2013 Beetle TDI.

Turbocharged direct injection (TDI) diesel engines have been in production for decades and are a popular engine option amongst the Volkswagen faithful. The 2013 Beetle TDI makes use of a turbocharged, 2.0-litre diesel engine with direct-injection, as its name implies.

The engine produces 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual or Volkswagen's dual-clutch DSG 6-speed automatic with a Tiptronic feature that allows for manual gear selection. Though fuel economy figures have not yet been confirmed, Volkswagen estimates that the 2013 Beetle TDI will achieve EPA numbers of 39 miles per U.S. gallon on the highway and 29 mpg in the city. That translates to approximately 6.0 L/100 km on the highway and 8.1 L/100 km in the city, but the official Transport Canada numbers will likely be better than this due to differences in the Canadian test cycle.

Distinguishing the Beetle TDI from its gasoline-powered siblings are exterior revisions including unique 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, TDI badges and chrome trim on the doors. TDI Beetles also receive an extra instrument pod inside which features oil temperature and turbo boost gauges as well as a stop watch. Optional interior accoutrements include a touchscreen display, a sunroof, a navigation system and a 400-watt Fender audio system.

Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution. There are also driver and front passenger airbags, as well as side curtain protection airbags both front and rear. Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System is included as well, and can shut off the fuel pump, unlock the doors and turn on the vehicle's hazard lights in the aftermath of certain collision situations.

Volkswagen's 2013 Beetle TDI is scheduled to arrive in the summer, with pricing and more vehicle specifications expected for release closer to its on-sale date.
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Topics: Coupe, Volkswagen, 2013, Beetle TDI, Diesel, Compact,

Organizations: Volkswagen

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