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2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Preview: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

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The 2012 Chicago Auto Show is just under a week away from its press day opening, but Volkswagen is heating up expectations with its new Beetle TDI. The oil-burning clean diesel Bug promises 29 mpg city and 39 mpg highway--all wrapped in the Beetle's new look.

Following the 2.5-liter and Turbo models, the Beetle TDI uses VW's familiar 140-horsepower, 236 pound-feet of torque 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine. Paired with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions, the Beetle TDI is also available in three core trim lines: TDI, TDI with Sunroof, and TDI with Sunroof, Sound, and Navigation.

The uninventive yet highly descriptive names give away the differences: while the base Beetle TDI comes with standard 17-inch alloy wheels, a chrome interior/exterior package, and a standard audio system, the Sunroof model adds a sunroof--but also upgrades the audio to a Premium VIII system with a touchscreen color display, six-disc changer, and an SD card reader. Upgrading to the top-tier model brings a Fender premium audio system, RNS 315 navigation system with five-inch touchscreen display, and a 400-watt Panasonic subwoofer.

Otherwise, the Beetle TDI is very closely matched to its gasoline-drinking counterparts. For the full release on the new diesel Beetle, read on to page two.

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