Volkswagen announced that a diesel variant Beetle will hit the states this summer, with the car’s official premiere taking place at the Chicago Auto Show in less than a week.
The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI will extract power from a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder unit developing 140 HP and 236 lb-ft of torque which can be coupled to either a 6-speed manual or a DSG dual-clutch transmission.
Thanks to this engine the Beetle TDI will be able to return 29 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway (US rating), a major increase if compared to the 2.5-litre petrol version producing 170 horses which return 22 mpg in the city and 29.31 mpg on the highway depending on the transmission.
There are no visual changes that distinguish the diesel from the petrol version, apart from a set of 17-inch alloys and of-course the badging.
The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI price was not announced yet.

Source: Volkswagen