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2013 VW Beetle Goes Diesel; Convertible Due In New York

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With less than a week until the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, automakers are already starting to announce new models. Such is the case with Volkswagen as it has announced the 2013 Beetle TDI, which will make its formal debut next week in the Windy City.

The TDI will be the most fuel-efficient Beetle of the 21st century, with a promised EPA rating of 29 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. Using Volkswagen's tried-and-true 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine producing 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. Buyers will have an option of either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission.

Volkswagen will offer the Beetle TDI in three trim levels: TDI, TDI with Sunroof, and TDI with Sunroof, Sound, and Navigation.

The naming of the models gives away the main differences as far as options go. The base TDI will come with standard 17-inch alloy wheels along with a chrome interior/exterior package. Upgrade to the Sunroof model and you'll add a sunroof, and a premium audio system along with a touchscreen color display, six-disc CD changer, and an SD card reader. The top-tier model adds a Fender branded premium audio system and RNS 315 navigation system which includes a five-inch touchscreen display, and 400-watt Panasonic subwoofer.

For more information check the full release on the second page, and make sure to check our Chicago Auto Show hub for all the latest news from the Windy City.

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