Back at the Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen announced that a turbo diesel Beetle would be launched later this year. And while we've already driven the diesel powered Bug, we didn't know how much it would cost until today. Volkswagen has announced the Beetle TDI will start from $24,065, including a destination charge of $770.
That means that the base TDI model of the Bug commands a $3,500 premium over the gasoline variant, but the gas mileage ratings go from 31 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city to 41 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg in the city. That's a substantial increase.
The Beetle TDI will be available in three trim levels. The base model includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, Bluetooth, V-Tex leatherette, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, push-button start, and a media interface with iPod cable.
The mid-trim level, called TDI with Sunroof, is priced at $25,665 and adds a panoramic tilt and slide sunroof along with Volkswagen's touchscreen Premium VIII radio. Stepping up to the TDI with Sunroof, Sound, and Navigation will cost you $26,965, but adds VW's navigation system and Fender Premium Audio system.
All Beetle TDIs come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but a six-speed dual-clutch transmission is available for an additional $1,110. As a reminder, the 2013 VW Beetle TSI comes with a 2.0-liter turbo diesel four, good for 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.