VW has released first images of its all-new Beetle Cabriolet weeks ahead of its official launch at the LA Motor Show next month.
Featuring a soft-top which folds in 10 seconds, the new Beetle Cabriolet’s roof folds “very flat, enabling good vision to the rear”, unlike the model it replaces.
Closely mirroring the hatchback model, the cabrio will be available with a choice of seven engine options.
At launch there will be a 103bhp 1.2TSI petrol, while a Bluemotion Technology version will follow soon after. The petrol range will be completed by a 158bhp 1.4TSI and 197bhp 2.0TSI. Diesel lovers get the choice of a 103bhp 1.6TDI, offered with or without Bluemotion Technology, and a 138bhp 2.0TDI.
The Cabriolet, like the Beetle hatchback, will be built in VW’s plant in Puebla, Mexico, and shares the same platform as the Jetta, which in turn is a modified version of the Golf MkVI platform.
An active rollover protection system, featuring two extendable modules behind the rear seat backs, will be fitted to the new cabrio. The system is activated in the event of a rollover, via the airbag control unit.
According to VW, the system deploys in milliseconds, providing both front and rear protection for all four occupants.
Though VW has yet to confirm pricing, it’s expected the new Beetle Cabrio will carry a premium of between £2500 to £3000 over the hatchback. First deliveries from UK showrooms are expected next summer.