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Volkswagen's 2013 Beetle TDI to debut at Chicago Auto Show

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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.

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