At the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, VW unveiled the third model in the Beetle lineup: the fuel-efficient TDI Clean Diesel model, which has manufacturer fuel economy estimates of 39 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in the city.
The latest Beetle iteration is more dramatic, with a stronger design than the New Beetle that was sold between 1998 and 2010. The car breaks free of the design geometry defined by three semicircles-front fender, rear fender, and domed roof above it. The roof profile actually runs distinctly lower and can be considered a development of the Ragster concept car.
The Beetle TDI, the only Clean Diesel offering in the compact coupe category, will go on sale this summer as a 2013 model, as:
- The most fuel-efficient 21st Century Beetle
- The first Beetle TDI Clean Diesel model since 2006
- Available in three well-appointed trim levels
- Choice of six-speed manual or dual-clutch DSG(r) transmissions
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