Volkswagen has confirmed to Autoblog that the oil-burning 2013 Beetle TDI will make its public debut at the Chicago Auto Show next month.

No specific details have been released at this time, but you can bet that the automaker's slick 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four will be underhood. In the Golf, Jetta and Passat, the mill kicks out 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, and both six-speed manual and DSG transmissions will likely be available. This engine is already good for as high as 43 miles per gallon highway in the Passat (and we've routinely hit as high as 50 mpg in our long-term Jetta TDI), so we expect exceptional fuel economy out of the diesel Bug, as well.

What's more, our understanding is that Volkswagen plans to offer the TDI engine in the upcoming Beetle Convertible, which will make it the very first clean diesel droptop available in the United States. Of course, we won't know for sure until the roofless Bug debuts later this year, but still, it's something to get excited about (if ragtop Beetles are your thing, anyway).

Stay tuned for the full scoop live from the Chicago show next month.


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      Paul P.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Having recently seen a new beetle in person, I was quite impressed with the styling. It's definitely not as 'cutesy' as it used to be, which I really think was a good move on their part. The addition of a diesel should serve to make it even more interesting. I'd actually be really curious to drive one with the diesel and 6-spd stick.
        ChrisH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        I hope we can get something other than exterior paint colors for the inserts inside, I would prefer brushed metal than having the exterior paint color repeated; it looked really bad in black.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad to hear this! I still think this should have been offered at the launch of the car instead of randomly a year later.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        creamwobbly
        • 2 Years Ago
        Oh look, an Internet blowhard without any idea about turbodiesels or chicks...
        siliciferous
        • 2 Years Ago
        You're clueless. A modern VW diesel has about as much in common with the loud, sooty, heavy farm equipment of the fifties and sixties as a modern petrol has in common with the inefficient carbureted engines of the same era.
      phillip
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes more diesel powertrains in the states!
      bluecivic1991
      • 2 Years Ago
      If VW was truly interested in expanding the availability of diesels, they would stop making the TDI trim level the top trim and offer the diesel engine in the base models of their cars. I would love a Golf with the TDI, but I'm not about to make that $5,000 leap up to the TDI trim level because it comes with all sorts of extra crap along with it that I don't want. I don't want a moon roof, or navigation, or the uplevel stereo. I'd also be happy with a base level Beetle with the only option being for the TDI engine upgrade. Don't make me get all sorts of extra crap and go from a 20 grand price up to 25 grand just for the different engine. Make diesel an affordable option without relegating it to the top trim level of your vehicles and I bet you'd have a higher take rate on them.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bluecivic1991
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          creamwobbly
          • 2 Years Ago
          You're both right. Diesels don't have to be so expensive; but NHTSA's fuel economy testing is tuned to gasoline and hybrid drivetrains, which will receive MPG figures unattainable without some crazy hypermiling; whereas diesel vehicles receive lowball figures that can be bested with the leadest footest among us. It's unfair, but that's the heavily-tilted playing field diesels are competing in; and by all accounts, they're doing pretty well despite it all. All this suggests that if NHTSA was required to level the playing field, the ratio of gasoline:hybrid:diesel sales would edge closer to the European figures. Maybe if the yuck-yuck crowd got their heads out from where the sun doesn't shine, they might see some value in what they're doing over there in "Yurp".
          Vimicus
          • 2 Years Ago
          The only reason we need "expensive" emissions controls is because diesel fuel quality in the US is terrible. Fix that, and it can be fixed, and you got a cheap engine. The way diesels are supposed to be. Simple, durable, reliable and cheap.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it just me but this just doesn't excite. Maybe to a diesel nut this would be news to get worked up about but I fail to be enthralled by this.
      - v o c t u s -
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really hate those wheels
      Quen47
      • 2 Years Ago
      This instead of Sciroccos or Bluesports. Screw you VWoA
        Vimicus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Quen47
        I thought the Bluesport was on the way?
          Jason Allen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Vimicus
          Canceled yesterday, maybe day before. Porsche announced their version is dead too. I assume audi will say it too. It's an interesting process to watch. How are cars like these thought up, designed and loved then killed due to rather faulty assumptions. Cannabilizing boxster sales is assumed so it's a no go?!?! If you sell 1000 less boxsters but sell 6000 units of the new one isn't EVERYONE better off (dealers, enthusiasts etc)? Audi could sell a bunch of R4's, obviously, and VW could justify this as well. But some idiots think they make correct assumptions that disagree with the public response and so these 3 cars will never see life. That's too bad. VW will lose tens of millions for bugatti but not risk the same loss in a project that would make awsome cars that were sure to make a big splash with the public doing more for the 3 makers than bugatti has with the same public.
        creamwobbly
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Quen47
        Good point.
      Dasteknoviking
      • 2 Years Ago
      great car till the HPFP goes bad, VW is hiding the issue as all these 09+ CR TDi have a VERY expensive fuel system that is prone to fail. Bring back the old VE or PD motor, a nice PD170 would be great !
        mr.vw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dasteknoviking
        I agree with the VE comment but definitely not the PD, the PD is a terrible engine with notorious injector and head issues - they are the worst. However have a 2010 golf (a true VW) cr tdi that has just under 50,000 miles. No failures yet but 2 injectors were replaced due to moisture. Anyone else having these problems?
          ChrisH
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mr.vw
          I had my EGR filter replaced at 7000 miles (six days in the shop, forum estimates of near 4k cost if out of warranty using part list and labor costs). Had the injector resonance recall done recently. The injectors checked out fine, they checked as it had developed a longer than normal start requirement. 2010 TDI Golf. I actually want this new Beetle, but not sure about color availability (that mocha looks great in the flesh but is not a turbo color which means it might not be a TDI color either) but I am now leaning towards the new Fusion plug in (hell the Fusion Hybrid will get as good if not better than I get from my TDI)
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does making it less attractive to women make it more attractive to men?
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Somewhat off-topic: Since exhaust notes are so manipulated these days, what would really amuse me is a modern Beetle that sounds like the old Beetle.
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