The 2013 model year is bringing in two big new models for Volkswagen: the 2013 Beetle Convertible and the 2013 Jetta Hybrid. Along with the official announcement of those two cars going on sale later this year, VW has also detailed all the changed to its other models for 2013.
The German automaker says that its most important introduction this year will be the 2013 Jetta Hybrid, the brand's second hybrid model. Powering the newest Jetta is a turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4 rated at 150 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque mated to a 27-hp electric motor that draws power from a 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The whole powertrain sends its power to the front wheels through a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox. Final EPA numbers have yet to be set, but VW estimates the Jetta Hybrid to achieve up to 45 mpg. Expect the range-topping Jetta to be priced somewhere between $20,000 and $25,000 when it goes on sale this fall. The automaker stated that the Jetta Hybrid will be competitively priced with other compact hybrids; the Honda Civic Hybrid starts at $24,990 and the Toyota Prius C costs $19,710 (both prices include destination).
Soft-top VW fans can rejoice: the 2013 Beetle Convertible will be joining the Beetle lineup this year, and is rumored to debut at November's Los Angeles Auto Show. Powertrain options for the drop-top Beetle will mirror those of the coupe: buyers can choose from a 170-hp 2.5-liter I-5, a 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, or a 140-hp 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4 that is rated for 41 mpg on the highway. Transmission options will be either a six-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch. The TDI-powered Beetle coupe will go on sale in August, while a Beetle Fender Edition – complete with a Fender premium audio system and unique cosmetic updates -- will go on sale in the third quarter of this year.
Sharing their mechanicals with the Beetle are the Golf, GTI, and Golf R hatchbacks. A front center armrest and floor mats are now standard on all Golfs, but the four-door 2.5L model is only available with the DSG transmission for 2013. The GTI sees the addition of a new 18-inch "Laguna" wheel on the Convenience and Sunroof and Sunroof and Navigation trim levels to differentiate them from lesser GTIs. Enthusiasts who want to get their hands on the limited-run, 256-hp, all-wheel-drive Golf R will get another change for the 2013 model year, since it will be available for U.S. consumption for another year. The GTI-based Tiguan compact crossover adds hill-hold control, an electronic parking brake, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob as standard equipment to all models.
Elsewhere in VW's people-mover lineup, the Routan minivan carries over unchanged (expect some revisions within the next two years) and the Touareg SUV has a number of minor changes for 2013. Touareg TDI models get a power boost of 15 hp to 240 hp, new 18-inch "Karakum" wheels are available on the TDI and VR6 variants, and a new Vavona wood trim is available on the Touareg Hybrid model and Touareg Executive trim. The hybrid also gains LED rear taillights and LED rear license-plate light as standard.
The Touareg Hybrid isn't the only Volkswagen to gain new LED taillights – the 2013 CC, which went on sale earlier this year, has revised front and rear fascias that include new LEDs out back and bi-xenon headlights with LED running lights. The CC R-Line will also make its return at the end of this year; the R-Line builds on the CC sport with more aggressive front and rear bumpers with larger intakes, projector-style foglights extended side skirts, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and R-Line badging. VW has also added a new range-topping CC VR6 4Motion model equipped with the 280-hp six-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive.
Elsewhere in VW's sedan lineup, the Passat (which was all-new for 2012) gains a new rear center console with air vents, revised cupholders, and updated front stowage area on SE models, while SEL models now have a rearview camera as standard. The Jetta – along with the addition of the Hybrid model – adds various power-seat options, new interior and exterior brightwork for TDI models, and launch control for the sporty GLI model. 2013 also brings new bi-xenon headlights with LED running lights and a rearview camera for the GLI. The previous-generation-based Jetta SportWagen carries over with only the addition of a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a new multi-function display.
Finally, the Eos hardtop convertible adds a new Sport trim level, complete with 18-inch "Vicenza" aluminum-alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights with LED running lights and adaptive front-lighting system, a lowered sport suspension, "Black Peak" interior trim, a rear spoiler, and black exterior mirrors. The upper Lux and Executive Eos trims gain the bi-xenon headlights and a new Atlantic Blue interior color; Lux also gains the Sport's lowered sport suspension and 18-inch "Chicago" aluminum-alloy wheels, while the Executive now come standard with a rearview camera. All Eos models also add the option of the new Black Pearl exterior color.
All of the updated 2013 Volkswagen models are on sale now, with the exception of the Beetle Convertible, Jetta Hybrid, and CC R-Line, which will be available later this year.