The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle was undoubtedly one of the stars of the recent 2011 New York Auto Show but interested buyers will have to anxiously wait several more months as the cutesy coupe isn’t scheduled to go on sale until October.
We can now confirm what sticker price the car will where when it finally hits the showroom floor, however, with Volkswagen revealing full pricing details today for its 2012 Beetle lineup.
Prices will start at $19,765, including a $770 destination charge, for the base Beetle model, which is slightly cheaper than the outgoing New Beetle Coupe Final Edition, which listed at $20,240. Importantly, it also undercuts one of its intended main rivals, the MINI Cooper, which starts at $20,100. Another close rival, the 2012 Fiat 500, can be yours for as little as $16,000, however.
This base model comes with the same 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine from the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta and is rated at 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Standard features include a five-speed manual, 17-inch alloy wheels, a split-folding rear seat, leather trim on the steering wheel and an eight speaker stereo.
Optional goodies include a six-speed automatic, a patterned glovebox, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, heated front seats and an ambient lighting kit. Pricing for all the options will be released closer to the car’s release this October.
Moving up the line we come to the range-topping 2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0L TSI model, which gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI gasoline engine delivering 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. A six-speed manual comes as standard but customers will be able to opt for a sweet six-speed dual clutch DSG and XDS electronic differential.
Pricing for this model will start at $24,165, including destination, and will run close to $29,000 with most of the options boxes ticked. Standard features here will include 18-inch alloy wheels, uprated brakes, a sporty bodykit with a rear spoiler and fog-lights, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, and alloy pedals.
Next year Volkswagen will also launch a clean diesel version of the Beetle, which will come with a 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque TDI turbodiesel 2.0-liter engine returning up to 29/40 mpg city/highway fuel economy. No word on pricing yet but expect to pay roughly $5,000 more than the base model for this one.
For more details on the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle range, click here for our preview story.