Chicago 2012: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Is Green Flower Power

Volkswagen made a new, though predictable, addition to tits Beetle lineup today at the Chicago Auto Show -- the diesel-powered 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI.

This is the first oil-burning Bug since 2006, though the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI eschews the old 1.9-liter four for a 140-hp, 236-lb-ft 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4. Sound familiar? That's because it's the same mill that's found under the hoods of the Passat, Jetta, and Golf TDI models. However, the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI takes a hit on fuel economy when compared to its ultra-frugal Jetta and Golf platform mates: VW estimates the Beetle TDI to clock in at 29/39 mpg city/highway, down from the 30/42 of the Jetta and Golf. Also familiar to Volkswagen fans will be the six-speed manual and dual-clutch transmissions offered here.

Besides the new engine underhood, tweaks to the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI are minor -- some chrome trim around the top of the windows; unique 17-inch alloy wheels; a boost, oil temperature, and stopwatch gauge trio on the top of the center stack; and a TDI badge on the trunklid.

With the base Beetle 2.5 starting at $20,565 (with destination), expect the Beetle TDI to retail starting in the mid-$20,000 range and go up from there. There are three trim levels: TDI base; TDI with sunroof; and TDI with sunroof, sound, and navigation. Full pricing and specifications will be released closer to the car's on-sale date this summer.

For more on the2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI, check out our First Look here. For more on the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our Chicago Show homepage.

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