The redesigned Volkswagen Beetle has been a big hit since it went on sale for the 2012 model year, but there is plenty of big news for 2013 as well. In addition to the return of the Beetle TDI (which went into production last week), the drop-top version of Volkswagen's iconic coupe will be making its debut in November at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show. Ahead of its unveiling, the EPA has just announced the official fuel economy estimates for the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible. Volkswagen has not yet released any official images of its all-new Beetle Convertible.
While the base 2.5-liter engine has yet to receive its official 2013 rating in the coupe or convertible, the next step up is the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Turbo, and it will return an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and a rating of 24 mpg in combined driving. Stepping up to the diesel-powered 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible TDI, its fuel economy estimates of the 28 mpg city, 41 mpg highway and a combined 32 mpg gives it the best highway fuel economy of any convertible on the market (including the Smart Fortwo), and it is far more efficient than comparable drop tops like the Fiat 500 Cabrio (27 mpg city/32 mpg highway/29 mpg combined) and MINI Cooper Convertible (27 mpg city/35 mpg highway/20 mpg combined)
All of the announced fuel economy estimates for the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible are identical to the coupe version of the car, so it is clear that any weight gained from the addition of the retractable soft top does not affect the efficiency and, hopefully, should not affect the performance. We've sampled both the Beetle Turbo and Beetle TDI, and were impressed at how fun each were to drive. Pricing for the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible has not been announced yet, but we expect it to start in the same mid-$20,000 price range as was the case with the previous New Beetle Convertible; the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible TDI is likely to start at around $30,000.