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.

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


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      Andrew Richard Rose
      • 15 Hours Ago
      Drove last month from Northern Italy to Copenhagen and back in a 2006 Mercedes E270 Cdi estate , car averaged 53.44 MPG US even at the high motorway speeds in Germany . So given six years of advance in the technology of the diesel engine that we are continually being told about from the motor manufacturers this car should return 65 MPG US !
        atc98092
        • 15 Hours Ago
        @Andrew Richard Rose
        That Mercedes most likely does not have emissions controls that equal what today's cars have. Those controls, along with what PeterScott mentions, is why we don't have mileage that high. That said, today's VWs can still hit 50mpg under highway conditions. Considering the emission controls they pack now, that's still reasonable.
          fastalan
          • 15 Hours Ago
          @atc98092
          Well you do have to stick to the speed limit to get 50mpg average highway with the new TDI, and you probably will not achieve that with winter fuel. My average since getting the 2010 TDI wagon has been around 36-38 US mpg mix city and highway. I am happy with the way it performs because you can drive the TDI pretty aggressively but still maintain fuel consumption at this level. On long highway trip, one can easily do 1000km out of 50 liters of diesel. VW does have other smaller TDI engine with lower output and slightly better FE figure than the 2.0L version.
        PeterScott
        • 15 Hours Ago
        @Andrew Richard Rose
        No, because they went for more power instead of more fuel economy. So the current TDIs in the USA from VW get less MPG than they did 6 years ago.
      uncle_sam
      • 15 Hours Ago
      They they showed an EV Beetle and now they make the diesel version. I am not surprised. oh an AB is broken: We're sorry your rating could not be added due to technical difficulties. Please try after some time.
      uncle_sam
      • 15 Hours Ago
      Ohh Autoblog is deleting my comments again. Ok try it the different way. This is a great car. Diesels rock, evs are lame. I think this won't be deleted
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 15 Hours Ago
      a VW with a combustion engine in it. what a shocker
        none
        • 15 Hours Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Dan with an idiotic comment, what a shocker.
      Michael
      • 15 Hours Ago
      Looks nice, too bad I would never buy a VW with their ridiculously high repair costs in the US.