Get ready, middle school art teachers – your new car is almost here. Following the launch of the re-skinned 2012 Beetle (and its oil-burning TDI kin), Volkswagen is hard at work prepping the new droptop variant, seen here testing in a not-so-convertible-friendly environment.

The signature styling difference that separates the 2012 Beetle from the Bug that came before it is indeed the longer, flatter roofline, and it's interesting to see how well the shape has been kept intact during the transformation from hardtop to droptop. This test mule is fitted with the front and rear fascias of the last-generation car, but make no mistake, the decidedly more masculine fore and aft lighting treatments will indeed carry over to the new convertible.

Much like the coupe, we can expect the Beetle Convertible to be available with Volkswagen's 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine as standard kit. There's no word about whether or not the 2.0-liter turbo-four will make its way under the hood of the new convertible, but what really piques our interest is that Volkswagen sources have pretty much confirmed that the topless Beetle will be available with the 2.0-liter TDI unit, making it the first (and currently, only) diesel droptop in the United States. Expect to see the production car debut at the New York Auto Show this April.


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      mjzalucki
      • 2 Years Ago
      This new Beetle is just too damn big. It should be based on a B-segment platform, not the C-segment Golf platform.
        ishmaelcrowley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mjzalucki
        I agree. It's just too big for a beetle. Although it's perfect for my over-sized frame.
      ChrisH
      • 2 Years Ago
      Waiting on the diesel version of this that they stated they were going to introduce. I am amazed at how bad the old front and rear end pieces truly look compared to the new car.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      why did they even bother camouflaging this....as if no one could tell
      Cool people
      • 2 Years Ago
      Vdub should play up the retro Porsche look, with old style rag roof ! Hope they put, new tail light design on it.
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why does the front bumper look melted or had already been in an accident?
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      I dunno... I think it loses some of the coolness of the new model, it seems more like the last gen. I LOVE the newest coupe, but this convertible doesn't look as new to me.
        POD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        It doesn't look like the current generation because they intentionally fitted it with older front and rear bumpers to disguise it. When the new model is officially released it will be in line with the coupe. Re-read the article!
          razorpit
          • 2 Years Ago
          @POD
          I don't think people come here to read anymore... Just look at the picture(s) and make a stupid comment.
          razorpit
          • 2 Years Ago
          @POD
          ^^ No, my post was relevant to the stupidity often seen in these forums. Your post validated my comment.
          over9000
          • 2 Years Ago
          @POD
          ^^ stupid comment like yours?
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        My thoughts exactly.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      redgpgtp97
      • 2 Years Ago
      The front end of this car doesn't look right.
      bleexeo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very well integrated and cohesive top. Should be a very popular car around sororities.
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      why does it look like a budget Porsche?
      Dan Quasney
      • 2 Years Ago
      is it just me, or does it look like it has a massive underbite? top looks good though
      fitz1golf
      • 2 Years Ago
      In december 2011 i put a deposit on on 2012 beetle turbo when i was told that no ragtops were going to be made in the near future. i was also told that the car i ordered would arrive in 4-12 weeks. now i'm told because the sunroofs leak it looks like JUNE...maybe. if this is all true i'm going to get my deposit back. who knows, maybe the 2013 ragtop will roll out before the 2012 hits the street.. love the car but a terrible promo campaign.
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