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VW Set to Debut Beetle Turbo Diesel in Chicago

Diesel cabrio to follow.

by on Jan.19, 2012

The 2013 VW Beetle TDI will play a different tune with a diesel expected to deliver over 40 mpg.

Volkswagen will introduce the most fuel-efficiency version of the Bug ever at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show, where it plans to unveil the 2013 VW Beetle TDI.

The move is no surprise. While most makers are still debating whether or not to add oil-burners to their line-ups, the Germans have scored big success stories with the technology – especially Volkswagen, which currently produces about 75% of the diesels sold in the U.S.

While the maker is keeping details close to the vest in order to have a few secrets to reveal in the Windy City expectations are that the Beetle TDI will share the same 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline-four as the diesel versions of the Golf, Jetta and new Volkswagen Passat.  That would translate into something around 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque.

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The maker is expected to offer buyers a six-speed stick, as well as an option six-speed DSG gearbox.

Rated at 43 mpg in the Passat (while, curiously, the highway ratings are just 42 mpg in the Golf and Jetta), the Beetle TDI should be in the 40+ mpg range.

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