The new generation Volkswagen Beetle made its debut back in 2011 at the New York Auto Show and the cabrio version will arrive almost two years later at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Sales on the US market will begin at the end of 2012.

The third generation Beetle Cabrio features a sportier and more dynamic silhouette - just like with the coupe version and is equipped with a traditional soft-top that can be opened and closed just in 10 seconds at the push of a button at speeds up to 30 mph.

When compared to the coupe version, the new Cabrio will be distinguished by strengthened A-pillars and an "Automatic Rollover Support System" that offers better protection in case of a crash.

The US customers will have to choose between three different engines, two petrol and one diesel with power ranging from 140 HP to 240 HP. The three engines can be mated to with either a six-speed manual or DSG automatic.

UPDATE 11/29/12: Volkswagen has released the pricing details for the Beetle Cabriolet and all its trim models. Check out how much they’ll cost after the jump. We have added a series of new images and two new video.

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The exterior and the interior

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The new generation Beetle Cabrio will be featuring the same sportier and more dynamic silhouette seen on the coupe version. The car gets the same longer front bonnet, a shifted back front windscreen and a much steeper incline. The headlamps are also new and they are featuring bi-xenon technology.

The car is equipped with a traditional soft top that opens and closes entirely automatically (on all models) within around ten seconds and up to a driving speed of 30mph. When it is open, the roof lies very flat and offers a good vision to the rear.

On the interior the model comes with body-color dashboard and the stylish gauges and trim. The cabin can easily accommodate four passengers and their luggage. The rear seats can be folded down in order to increase the practicality even further.

A distinctive feature of the Convertible model is the strengthened A-pillars and an "Automatic Rollover Support System" that offers better protection in case of a crash.

The engine

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On the US market the new Beetle Cabrio will be offered with a choice of three engines: two petrol and one diesel. The entry level model will be powered by a 2.5 liter five-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 170 HP and 177 lbs-ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The top model is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI® four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 200 HP and 207 lbs-ft of torque. This engine can be combined with either a six-speed manual or DSG automatic.

For the diesel fans, Volkswagen is offering a 2.0-liter TDI® Clean Diesel four-cylinder engine that delivers 140 hp and 236 lb-ft. When equipped with a six-speed manual transmission this engine delivers a fuel economy of 41 mpg (highway).


The new Beetle Cabrio will go on sale in the last quarter of 2012. Check out the prices for all the trim models in the table below.

Model Price
Beetle 2.5-liter five-cylinder $24,495
Beetle 2.0-liter Turbo $27,795
Beetle TDI $27,895
Beetle 2.0-liter Turbo inclusive of Fender sound and navigation packages $31,195

The competition

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Since its official debut back in 1938 and since today a total of 21.5 million Beetle units have been sold. Even more, the original Beetle Cabriolet produced from 1949 to 1980 was sold in an impressive number of 330,000 units. So, see talking about competitors is rather pointless in here, because clearly the Beetle is a car that dominates the market.

But we do not want to be mean, so we will give others a chance, in here to the Mini Cooper. A new generation Cooper is set to be unveiled in 2013 and will be a smart move for Mini to come with some significant improvements if they will want to steal some customers from Beetle.

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  (776) posted on 02.1.2012

I hope that this Cabrio is worth-waiting for. The exterior is just right. The interior looks fantastic and I hope that they continue to explore more concepts and have a public consults for prevention of rejection. 

  (197) posted on 12.13.2011

Sorry to say but I’m not so impressed with the Cabrio version of Beetle. It looks better if it is on a sedan only. However, I would still wait for the official details of this one.

  (448) posted on 11.15.2011

It looks so cute! Beetle Cabrio would surely be stood out on its platform! smiley Well, I just only hope that they use an impressive engine for it, so car lovers would truly love this cabrio.

  (399) posted on 10.10.2011

I wish that this convertible version of Beetle will really work but anyway, it is still impressive for me. I just hope that the interior of this Beetle Cabrio is impressive either.

  (224) posted on 09.28.2011

I’m amazed that the beetle had a convertible version. Well, it is quite impressive either and the angst is still there, and I love the fact that it is a four seater car.

  (530) posted on 06.3.2011

Well, I would say that there is really not much love in me for the new Beetle. I wish they could just bring back the good old glory days of the old generation Type 1.

  (683) posted on 06.1.2011

This new Beetle from Volkswagen brings back the passion of what truly a car is. From the design and upto its features, makes an owner that he/she is in a safe place. Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio, simple and outstanding as they say.

  (334) posted on 06.1.2011

Wow! It wasn’t that long before they have come up with its Cabrio version. However,
I just hope that the heavy roof top of this car would makes the power lesser.

  (427) posted on 05.31.2011

Well, its been long since Volkswagen plan to release a Cabrio version for the 2012 Beetle. I guess, its only few months before they are going to released this version. However,
I think it would be better if VW will boost the power of this car for 138 hp for a sportscar is kind
of less powerful.

  (377) posted on 05.31.2011

Aesthetically, its somewhat identical to the production version. Well, I really don’t know if that will be the official look for this car since it will be unveiled before the end of 2012. BTW, I’m afraid that possible buyers will complain on its less powerful figure performance.

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