This month's return of the iconic Beetle will lead Volkswagen’s 2013 Australian launches, followed by the Touareg R-Line V8 SUV and the seventh-generation Golf hatch.
Speaking at a media briefing this week, Volkswagen marketing boss Jutta Friese confirmed the new Beetle's local debut, which will commemorate 60 years since the original model arrived here, will begin with the coupe model only.
Ms Friese told TMR that while the convertible is not off the table for Australia, "we will see how the market responds to the coupe model first".
Engine options for the Beetle will be limited to Volkswagen's familiar 118kW/240Nm 118TSI, with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG auto transmissions.
March will see the arrival of the new Touareg R-Line V8 flagship model, and Volkswagen has already announced all details aside from pricing for the 250kW spiritual successor to the previous Touareg R50 model.
Ms Friese confirmed that the 2013 Golf small car will launch locally at the end of April, kicking off with a new entry model which could see the Golf’s entry price drop below the current $21,990 77TSI variant.
It is possible that Volkswagen will reposition the 77TSI model at a lower price point, or it could bring in the 62kW version of the same engine, already offered in European markets.
The range-topping Golf GTI will not arrive locally until the fourth quarter of this year, and while details are still to be confirmed, images presented at the briefing included a three-door option.
Packing an expected 160kW/350Nm in standard trim, the new GTI also promises a new optional Performance Pack - boosting power by 8kW and adding bigger brakes and a mechanical LSD.
TMR will bring details of each new model as local launch dates draw closer.
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