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While Volkswagen Australia is yet to reveal any details about the next generation Volkswagen Beetle that will be launched here early in 2013, Volkswagen in the UK has released specifications for the car, which is now in showrooms.

Volkswagen wrapped up production of the previous ‘New Beetle’ in 2011, meaning the new-generation Beetle is simply known as the ‘Volkswagen Beetle’.

The Volkswagen Beetle line up in the UK includes a 2.0-litre 103TDI diesel engine and several choices in the petrol range including the range-topping 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged 200PS-147kW), 1.4-litre TSI 160PS-(118kW) and 1.2-litre 105PS-(77kW).

The 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol Beetle can go from zero to 100km/h in a respectable 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 224km/h, while the diesel takes 9.5 seconds and tops out at just under 200km/h.

Combined fuel economy and CO2 emissions for the diesel is impressive at 4.08L/100km and 129g/km, respectively.

Both petrol and diesel versions are available with either six-speed manual or DSG transmissions although, the 1.2-litre petrol models get a seven-speed DSG.

The Volkswagen Beetle TDI models are available in two trim levels, the mid-spec Design and top-of-the-range Sport trim. There are four trim levels in the petrol range including Beetle, Design, Sport and Turbo Black/Turbo Silver.

Included in the Design trim is Bluetooth phone, an RCD 510 digital (DAB) radio with MDI (multi-device interface for iPhone connection), 17-inch alloy wheels with a choice of two styles, front fog lights, multifunction leather steering wheel, isofix and body-coloured door and dashboard panels.

Choosing the top-of-the-range Sport level adds 18-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, parking sensors, electronic climate control, privacy glass, cruise control, gloss-black door and dashboard panels and door mirrors in the same gloss-black finish.

The 2.0-litre TSI 200 (147kW) Sport variant also gains four-link rear suspension, twin chromed exhaust tips, body-coloured rear diffuser and red painted brake calipers.

There’s also a wide range of options across all Volkswagen Beetle models including satellite navigation, bi-xenon headlamps, keyless entry and various alloy wheel designs.

Included in the options list is a high-end Fender sound system (from the famed Fender electric guitar maker) with a 400-watt power output to satisfy the keenest of audiophiles.

CarAdvice will keep you posted on Australian specification levels for the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle, as soon as they become available.




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