Unlike its elder brothers, Beetle Cabriolet comes with a soft top that fold in just ten seconds and lies quite flatly at the rear improving the rear vision.
Seven engines will be available overseas, like its hatchback model. The vehicle will have a 103bhp 1.2 litre TSI petrol engine from it launch while another Bluemotion Technology version is believed to follow it later. Another 158bhp 1.4 TSI and 197 bhp and 2.0 TSI engine variant will also find its place in the petrol version of Beetle. The diesel versions will include a 103bhp, 1.3 litre TDI engine with option of Bluemotion Technology and another 138 bhp, 2.0 litreTDI, although very few variants are expected to hit Indian roads.
Volkswagen has already confirmed that the new Beetle Cabriolet will be offering the same torsion beam rear suspension and multi-link front suspension. However, the models like 2.0 TSI support refined four-link rear suspension.
The new Beetle Cabriolet will be built in the Volkswagen’s Mexico plant like the Beetle hatchback and will be sharing the same Jetta platform.
The two extendible modules present behind the rear seat will offer rollover protection. The active rollover protection system will get activated in case of a rollover through the air bag control unit. According to VW, the system will come into effect in milliseconds thus providing safety for all four occupants.
The hatchback version of the Beetle is expected to hit the Indian market somewhere next year but VW has yet not played its card about this soft top version i.e. new Beetle Cabriolet. But it would be really nice to see this soft top version of this legendry vehicle on Indian roads.