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.