The diesel believers at Volkswagen priced and detailed VW’s sixth TDI model for the USA, the diesel Beetle.
The TDI version of the coupe will start at $24,065 with shipping and range past $28K when it goes on sale in August as a 2013 model.
The payback will be that the 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo diesel is to be rated 32 mpg in city driving, 41 on the highway with the 6-speed stick. The clean diesel puts out 140-horses and a healthy 236 lbs.-ft. of torque and is also available with VW’s DSG dual-clutch, six-speed automatic.
The diesel is the third powertrain choice for the Beetle: The base engine is the venerable VW 2.5-liter five-cylinder and the performance option is the 2.0-liter gasoline turbo.
The diesel is not just one model; it will be offered in three trims. All have Teutonic “leatherette” (i.e. the vinyl German makers don’t call vinyl — and they do a good vinyl). All also have steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, keyless entry, satellite radio and an iPod interface.
The Beetle TDI models, with prices and added features:
• TDI: manual $24,065, automatic $25,165. Added features: 17-inch alloy wheels, interior and exterior chrome package, 8-speaker audio.
• TDI with Sunroof: manual $25,665, automatic $26,765. Added features: panoramic tilt/slide sunroof, touchscreen upgraded audio.
• TDI with Sunroof, Sound, and Navigation: manual $26,965, automatic $28,065. Added features: navigation system, branded Fender audio system.