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The 2013 Beetle TDI will feature a 2.0-liter diesel engine and a more masculine design than its predecessors.
The new iteration of the Volkswagen Beetle, which will debut at the Chicago Auto Show, features several modifications from its predecessors. The 2013 Beetle TDI has been redesigned with a modified, lower roof and design features intended to shed the car's "cute" reputation.
The new model will use a 2.0-liter diesel engine (similar to the ones in the Jetta TDI and Passat TDI). According to Volkswagen, the car should get 39 mpg highway and 29 mpg city. (The EPA has not yet presented its fuel economy estimates for the model). This is the first model of the Beetle to use diesel since 2006.
The engine also boasts 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, available either in a six-speed or a dual-clutch gearbox. Buyers can opt for a base TDI model, TDI with Sunroof (featuring a touch-screen audio system), or TDI with Sunroof, Sound (with subwoofer), and Navigation system.
The 2013 Beetle TDI is expected to go on sale this summer. While Volkswagen has not announced pricing details, Car and Driver estimates a price range around $24,000.
Feb 2, 2012
Beware diesel lovers. Diesel cars were a great technology before Fuel injection became the reality in gasoline vehicles. Diesel fuel was also cheaper. WIN WIN. No longer! Diesel costs over $1 a gallon more here in WY and a car that gets 39/29 on more expensive fuel will not fly. When it's -20-30, they often wont start without a lot of special procedures and fuel additives. The future is dim for another reason. A barrel of light sweet crude(42 gal) generally yields about 20 gal of gas and 10 of distillate(diesel). That ratio can be altered at the refinery but we generally get more gasoline than diesel out of a barrel. That is one of the several factors making diesel more expensive.Diesel has 15-25% more btu per gallon which is a plus but in winter the btu's drop to+ 12-15%. My 2001 corolla always gets 40 mpg and hits 50 on the hwy at a steady 55 mph. Our big 1997 camry gets 36-38 hwy. Both have over 200K and run perfect. Diesel for cars in Europe(Germany) is a subsidized fuel for cars, but not in the US. .Buy a new diesel or a hybrid for that matter.?.....not the economical choice for now. We run our old diesels in summer on filtered waste veg oil and waste filtered engine oil but that is not an option on the newer diesels. I'd say 'f'git it for the newq diesels. Ditto electric cars. They aren't selling even with a huge federal subsidy. And be ready for a shock when you replace the battery pack. AS fuel prices keep climbing, be ready to drive a whole lot less.