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Published on October 5th, 2012 | by James Allen

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Volkswagen reveals new Beetle Cabriolet

Ahead of its official unveiling at this year’s LA Motor Show, Volkswagen has revealed the first pics and details of its latest convertible in the ever-growing VW portfolio: the Beetle Cabriolet.

Much like its predecessor, the Beetle Cabrio comes equipped with a folding fabric top, which Volksagen claims can be raised or lowered in ten seconds at speeds of up to 30mph. Unlike the previous car, though, we’re told the mechanism folds flat and doesn’t obstruct rear visibility.

Under the retro skin, it’s mostly identical to the standard VW Beetle, so almost all of the engines and transmissions you’ll find in the hard-top Bug range will find their way in the convertible version.

We’re told that all bar the top-spec 2.0 TFSI will come with torsion beam rear suspension, with the flagship petrol coming with multi-link geometry all round.

Volkswagen also says that the Beetle Cabriolet will come equipped with automatic rollover protection, with two extendable “modules” behind the rear seats extending upwards when the Beetle’s electronic systems (that also operate the car’s airbags) detects that the Cabriolet isn’t the right side up.

No prices have been announced yet, though we’re told it’ll go on sale in the UK sometime during the Spring or Summer month next year at a slight premium over the regular Beetle. More details are expected to be announced at the car’s official LA Show unveiling in November.

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