Volkswagen has unveiled its Beetle Cabriolet at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
With this new Beetle cabriolet, Volkswagen has set out to create a car that that looks more dynamic and purposeful. It features a soft-top that can be operated at speeds of up to 50 km/h. Stowing away the top takes 9,5 seconds while raising it takes 11 seconds.
With a length of 4 278 mm and a width of 1 808, the new Beetle cabrio is longer and wider than the previous generation. This translates into better interior space and boot capacity (225 dm3). This time around, the Beetle cabrio has folding rear seats (not available on previous generation).
Europeans have the option of three petrol and two diesel units. The petrol line-up comprises direct injection, four-cylinder TSI engines engines in various states of tune delivering 77 kW, 118 kW and a 147 kW. These units can be mated with either a six- or seven-speed DSG ‘box.
Standard equipment across the range includes ESP with brake assist and hill hold and a network of airbags. A first for the Beetle cabriolet is the option of equipping this car with bi-xenon headlights, a keyless engine starting and locking system, ambience lighting, a Fender sound system (400 Watts), automatic climate control, touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav and hard drive and alloy wheels in 18- and 19-inch styles.
Volkswagen South Africa has stated that it currently has no plans to bring the Beetle cabriolet to South Africa.