From the shoulders down the new Beetle Convertible mirrors its current hardtop sibling. Volkswagen opted for a soft top for the new ride and boasts single button operation in just over 10 seconds. When folded the top lies flat across the rear deck for optimum visibility.
The automaker says nothing changes inside the Beetle (save for the power top button) as they believe they already offer an interior that has become a hit with consumers.
For enhanced safety, the Beetle Convertible’s Automatic Rollover Support System will activate two roll-over bars that are concealed behind the rear bench seat when crash sensors detect the car has left its feet.
When the new Beetle Convertible launches in the last quarter this year it will be offered with a choice of three engine options. Those include the 170hp 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine backed by six-speed automatic transmission, a 140hp 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel four that sees 41 mpg highway (backed by six-speed manual gearbox), and a spirited 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI four that will generate 200hp and 207 lb. ft. of torque and can be outfitted with choice of six-speed manual or DSG automatic transmissions.
Volkswagen has not released pricing information but that will most likely come at the press launch of the new Beetle Convertible during the big unveil in LA.