New VW Beetle Cabriolet

28 Nov, 2012 6:21pm Damion Smy

The new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet has been unveiled at the Los Angeles Motor Show

The new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet has been revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show.

The MINI Convertible rival takes the new Beetle’s sharper lines and flatter bonnet and rooflines, and transfers them to the retro-styled soft-top.

The four-seater’s soft-top roof - which is only available in black - is fully electric and is said to fold into its own storage area in just 10 seconds. Unlike the old car, "it lies very flat, enabling good vision to the rear".

VW says it has 225 litres of bootspace, which is 85 litres less than the Beetle hatch but much larger than the MINI Convertible's tiny 125-litre boot.

The new Beetle Cabriolet will be offered with a choice of seven engines. This includes 1.2, 1.4 and 2.0 TSI units, with 104bhp, 158bhp and 197bhp respectively, while diesel options include a 104bhp 1.6-litre and 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI. More efficient BlueMotion Technology versions of the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel will also be offered.

Trim levels are expected to follow that of the Beetle hatch range, which incorporates Beetle, Design and Sport models. VW’s Active Rollover System will be fitted as standard.

The VW Beetle Cabriolet is expected to start from £18,500 when it goes on sale in the UK next summer.