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by Brett Davis

Volkswagen is getting ready to unveil the new 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI diesel at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, which starts today (US time). This will be the first diesel Beetle since 2006.

The new Beetle TDI will come with the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine as seen in various current model Volkswagen and Skoda vehicles. It produces 103kW and 320Nm. It will be available with either a six-speed manual or DSG auto.

Fuel consumption is yet to be officially announced, however, the company estimates 8.1L/100km for the city cycle, and 6.0L/100km for the highway cycle – converted straight from US mpg ratings.

Apart from the diesel engine, the Beetle TDI will come with a number of distinguishing features, such as new 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome trimmings around the doors, and TDI badges.

Inside, the new version will get a special instrument cluster atop the dash including readouts for oil temperature, turbo boost pressure, and a stop watch. All models also come with leatherette seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and keyless entry and start.

The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle isn’t set to arrive in Australia until towards the end of this year. It is expected to come in both petrol and diesel forms.




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