The New Bug Goes Clean Diesel

Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced yesterday prices for the Beetle TDI Clean Diesel coupe which will go on sale in August.

The Beetle TDI features VW’s 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injection Clean Diesel engine that produces 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. When equipped with a manual transmission, the model has manufacturer fuel economy estimates of 41 mpg highway and 32 mpg city.

The Beetle TDI is the third model in the Beetle lineup and joins the 2.5-liter five-cylinder and 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline models, which launched in 2011.

Three trims are available with the TDI Clean Diesel powertrain. All models feature a standard six-speed manual transmission with Volkswagen’s six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission as an option. All three are very well equipped, with standard features such as power windows with one-touch up/down; cruise control; V-Tex Leatherette seating; front-center armrest; the “Käeferfach” secondary glovebox; Bluetooth technology; leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with audio controls; three-color ambient lighting; auxiliary instrument package; Keyless entry with push-button start; SiriusXM Satellite Radio; and a Media Device Interface with iPod cable.

The Beetle TDI’ trim breakdown and prices as as follows:


Manual $23,295

Automatic $24,395

The base TDI model comes standard with unique 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, all the equipment listed above, and an interior and exterior chrome package. The standard RCD310 audio system has an AM/FM radio, CD player, Bluetooth® technology, SiriusXM Satellite Radio® and eight speakers

TDI with Sunroof

Manual $24,895

Automatic $25,995

This model adds a panoramic tilt/slide sunroof and Volkswagen’s touchscreen Premium VIII radio to the Beetle TDI trim.

TDI with Sunroof, Sound, and Navigation
Manual $26,195

Automatic $27,295

In addition to the above features, the top model includes the RNS 315 navigation system and the award-winning Fender® Premium Audio system.

All prices exclude a destination charge of $770.

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  • Anonymous

    Clean diesel??? How many times I have to say that there is no such thing! Moreover, after many years of validating, diesel fumes now officially considered as carcinogenic according to WHO:

    So, “clean diesel” actually means clean CANCER!

  • wxman

    The actual IARC report declaring diesel exhaust as a Class 1 carcinogen is based on results of miners exposed to exhaust from diesel equipment from 1947 – 1967. “Clean diesel” was introduced in 2007, so you can’t draw any conclusions from that study about new-technology diesel.

    Actually, there’s mounting evidence that new-tech diesel produces no health effects whatsoever…

  • Anonymous

    wxman: No. You’re absolutely wrong. As always.

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