Sources inform IndianAutosBlog.com that Volkswagen India will launch the second generation Beetle with a diesel engine married to both MT and AT boxes this week. The engine in question is the 2.0-liter TDI making close to 130PS used on the Passat, Jetta and Laura in different settings. The transmissions are also carried over from the Passat.
The outgoing Beetle is powered by the sole 2-liter petrol engine mated to a 6-speed AT.
Volkswagen dealers are offering massive discounts, some to the tune of 5+ lakh rupees, to clear stocks of the old Beetle and make way for the new model. The replacement's timing is perfect as competition is beginning to pile up the pressure with the launch of the MINI and Mercedes's mini car range in the next two years. With assistance from a fresh design, better driving dynamics and a diesel engine, the unmistakable Beetle could present itself to customers not impressed by the MINI range.
Last week Volkswagen, without delving into tech specs, notified IAB of an Auto Expo launch for the new Beetle.