Volkswagen to debut diesel Beetle next month

January 19, 2012 12:00 AM

Volkswagen has announced that it will be debuting the new diesel version of the 2013 Beetle at the Chicago Auto Show next month, reports Autoblog.

The German automaker has not yet released the new specifications for the car, but the 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder has been seen in other recent Volkswagen vehicles, including the Golf, Jetta and Passat. There are small differences between each vehicle, but drivers can expect about 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque from the engine.

The big advantage, however, is in fuel economy. This also depends on the individual model, and the Beetle isn't exactly the most aerodynamic car on the road. However, the Passat is rated at a whopping 43 miles per gallon when equipped with the diesel engine, so diesel fans can expect a similar jump in fuel efficiency for the Beetle as well.

It's also been rumored that the diesel option would be available on the convertible version of the Beetle, which would make it the first droptop available with a diesel engine in the United States.

Even if you have a diesel engine, you'll still need to take your car in for oil changes from time to time. In fact, regular auto maintenance is important for all cars, regardless of which type of engine they use.

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