Volkswagen has revealed a series of images of the Beetle Convertible ahead of the iconic car’s launch at the upcoming 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Like its predecessors, VW has opted to go for a traditional soft top for the Convertible rather than go with a hardtop used by most other cabriolets in the market. The roof can fold completely flat to provide an unrestricted rear view and VW claims that the folding motion only takes 10 seconds upon a push of a button. In terms of the safety of employing such as soft top, the car has a feature VW coins as Automatic Rollover Support System whereby two rollover bars hidden behind the rear seats are deployed in the event of a crash, much like the mechanics of an airbag.
VW has announced that the Beetle Convertible will come with a choice of three engine options. The entry-level option is the 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine that puts out 170hp and 240Nm of torque mated to a six speed automatic gearbox. There is also a diesel variant in the form of the 2.0-litre TDI engine which produces 150hp and 320Nm of torque mated to a choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed DSG. Topping the range is the 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI engine which churns out 200hp and 280Nm of torque which comes with the same transmission options as the TDI variant.