Volkswagen Announces 2013 Model Year Lineup

Volkswagen of America has released the first official information on 2013 Model Year changes. Every model except the Routan is receiving new updates, some of them significant. The big story for 2013 will be the addition of the Beetle Convertible and the Jetta Hybrid. We had a chance to drive a pre-production model of the Jetta Hybrid and VW has managed to keep the German performance you’d expect while building a hybrid system that behaves almost completely like a regular car.

On the smaller changes there are a few which are noteworthy. The GLI gets HID’s as an option and launch control on DSG models. The ability to turn off the ESP has also been added back into the GTI and GLI models. The Jetta, despite selling extremely well, will also get various interior and feature upgrades including soft touch plastics (depending on the model) and a variety of other upgrades to address some of the earlier criticism the car received.

Golf, GTI and Golf R will still be available in 2013, but in limited numbers. The new Golf 7 will be introduced at the Paris Auto Show in September and goes on sale in Europe before the end of the year. So Golf 6 production will be coming to an end. However, we won’t see the Golf 7 here in North America till early calendar year 2014, or about a year later. So if you want to pick up a Golf 6 model variant, get one now while you still can.

Volkswagen’s new engine plant in northern Mexico is building a new 1.8T direct injection 4-cylinder turbo. This new engine won’t be ready till next summer so we don’t expect to see it officially till 2014 model year. When the new 1.8T FSI is available, it will replace the 2.5l inline-5 across the board in all models offering higher performance and significantly better fuel economy.

The Volkswagen press release below lists the complete changes to all models. As soon as we receive any information on pricing changes we will pass them along.


Volkswagen is on a roll in the United States. Overall sales for the brand were up 35.4 percent year-on-year for the first six months of 2012. And the momentum continues into model year 2013 with the introduction of new derivatives of the Jetta and the Beetle, a significantly changed CC four-door coupe, and some important upgrades to the Jetta and the Eos. All models except the Routan get changes for 2013.

The most important introduction for 2013 will be the Jetta Hybrid, Volkswagen’s first offering in the compact hybrid category and VW’s second-ever hybrid model. This is VW’s first turbocharged hybrid and the first hybrid in the world to use a seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. Competitively priced with other compact hybrid sedans, the Jetta Hybrid will offer class-leading performance combined with excellent fuel economy.

VW will also add a second convertible to the lineup when the Beetle Convertible goes on sale. The car will be available with 2.5-liter naturally aspirated, 2.0-liter turbocharged, and 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engines and will feature a fast-acting top that preserves the sleek lines of the coupe. With an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 41 mpg on the highway for the manual transmission model, this means that VW now has no fewer than six models in the lineup with EPA ratings of more than 40 mpg on the highway. More details about this exciting new addition to the Beetle range will follow nearer to market introduction.



  • Beetle Convertible is added to the range.
  • Beetle TDI coupe arrives in August.
  • Beetle Fender Edition makes its debut in the fall of 2012.
  • All Turbo models now have a standard armrest.
  • Turbo with Sunroof, Sound, and Navigation gains new 19-inch “Tornado” aluminum-alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights, and LED license-plate lighting.

The Beetle coupe went on sale in 2012 in 2.5-liter and 2.0-liter TSI® forms. In August, the Beetle coupe range will be rounded out with the 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engine that will achieve an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 41 mpg on the highway when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.

Later in 2012, the Beetle Fender Edition will go on sale, in 2.5L and Turbo forms. As well as featuring the award-winning Fender® Premium Audio System, this special edition will also have a striking sunburst-style dashboard, Fender logos, special seat stitching, brushed chrome door mirrors, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs, and 18-inch “Disc” aluminum-alloy wheels. Additionally, Turbo models will get exclusive seat fabric inserts.


  • New front and rear styling enhances an already dramatic design.
  • High-luxury, high-quality interior now has seating for five.
  • Bi-Xenon headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights are now standard.
  • New exterior colors, wheels, and trim available.
  • New LED taillights.
  • R-Line design joins the range at the end of 2012.

The newly refreshed CC went on sale in March. There are two powertrain offerings: a 200-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter TSI, mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission driving the front wheels; and a 280-hp VR6® engine driving all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Mated to the manual transmission, the 2.0T achieves EPA estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, while the VR6 4Motion® model gets EPA estimates of 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

The popular R-line trim line will return to the range at the end of 2012. With interior and exterior enhancements, this makes the CC an even sportier vehicle. Compared with the Sport model on which it is based, the R-Line gains a more aggressive front bumper design that incorporates a large lower air intake and projector-style foglights with a striking chrome motif. Side skirts and the R-Line logo on the grille further differentiate the R-Line from the Sport model, along unique 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Inside, there are stainless-steel R-Line scuff plates and a multifunction steering wheel that has paddle shifters for the DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.


  • New Sport trim joins the lineup and gains: 18-inch “Vicenza” aluminum-alloy wheels; a lowered sport suspension; Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs and Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS); headlight washers; LED license-plate lights; “Black Peak” interior trim; brushed stainless steel pedals; multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters; black exterior side mirrors; and a rear spoiler.
  • Lux and Executive models receive Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs and AFS, headlight washers, LED license-plate lights, and a new optional leather interior color: Atlantic Blue.
  • The Lux also receives a lowered sport suspension and 18-inch “Chicago” aluminum-alloy wheels.
  • Executive model also gains a rearview camera.
  • New exterior color: Black Pearl.


  • For 2013, the Golf incorporates minor changes over the 2012 models.
  • A front center armrest, in addition to front and rear floor mats, is now standard on all models.
  • Golf with Convenience trim features a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and handbrake lever.
  • Golf with Convenience and Sunroof models now feature a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, shift knob, and handbrake lever.
  • Four-door 2.5L is no longer available with a five-speed manual transmission.


  • For 2013, the GTI incorporates minor changes over the 2012 models.
  • A new 18-inch “Laguna” aluminum-alloy wheel now distinguishes the Convenience and Sunroof trim and Sunroof and Navigation trim from the rest of the lineup.

Golf R

  • For 2013, the Golf R continues in limited quantity with no changes over the 2012 models.


  • VW’s most popular model receives extensive updates for model year 2013.
  • Introduction of all-new Jetta Hybrid in late 2012.
  • All Jetta models from S with Sunroof receive an adjustable front center armrest.
  • SE trim level and above feature power recline for driver and front passenger seats.
  • Launch control now standard on GLI models equipped with the DSG transmission.

Following record sales in 2011—the sixth-generation Jetta’s first full year on sale in the U.S.—the best-selling model in Volkswagen’s line-up receives a number of technology and interior comfort updates.

Starting with the popular 2.5-liter engine models, standard updates to the SE trim include power-recline driver and front passenger seats, new decorative metallic trim on the dash and door panels, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and handbrake lever. Exterior enhancements include a chrome radiator grille and chrome window trim.

The SEL trim adds a six-way power driver seat with manual lumbar support, sport-comfort driver and front passenger seats, and a soft-touch dash. A two-tone black-and-beige interior complements the changes for 2013.

A new trim, SEL with Navigation, adds the acclaimed Fender Premium Audio System and the RNS-315 touchscreen navigation system.

Similar to the 2.5-liter gasoline trims, all TDI Clean Diesel models receive interior and exterior enhancements. All models now include power-recline driver and front passenger seats in addition to a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and handbrake lever. A new iridium trim enhances the dash and door panels. The exterior now features a chrome radiator grille along with chrome window trim.

The top-of-the-line TDI Premium with Navigation trim includes a six-way power driver seat and a new 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheel.

The performance-driven Jetta GLI model now features Launch Control. All Jetta GLI models equipped with the DSG automatic transmission include a Launch Control program that can be engaged by the driver when the vehicle is at a stop, allowing for a perfect launch with controlled wheelspin. Technology updates to the sporty GLI Autobahn with Navigation trim include a rearview camera and Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs.

Volkswagen’s first hybrid compact, the Jetta Hybrid, launches in the late fall. It will offer a manufacturer-estimated combined 45 mpg. Further detail on trims and pricing will be announced at launch.

Jetta SportWagen

  • For 2013, the Jetta SportWagen incorporates only minor changes over the 2012 models.
  • The S trim now features a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel and multi-function display.


  • For 2013, the Passat incorporates minor changes over the 2012 models.
  • The only German-Engineered sedan available in the mid-size segment, with class-leading rear-seat legroom.
  • TDI Clean Diesel model with manual transmission has class-leading range of 795 miles.
  • SE trim and above get a new center console that incorporates rear air vents, a new cupholder design, and a revised covered front stowage area.
  • All SEL trim models get a rearview camera.
  • The Passat has been an instant success for Volkswagen, with more than 100,000 being built since it went on sale in September of 2011. The car has also been a hit with media, too, winning Motor Trend’s 2012 Car of the Year and multiple comparison tests in top U.S. publications. The popular TDI model also set a long-distance driving record, achieving 1626 miles on one tank of Clean Diesel fuel from Houston, Texas, to Sterling, Virginia, driven by acknowledged mileage experts John and Helen Taylor.



    • For 2013, the Routan carries over unchanged.


    • For 2013, the Tiguan incorporates only minor changes over the 2012 models.
    • All Tiguan trim lines get an electronic parking brake, hill-hold control, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, and a leather shift knob.
    • SE trim receives a partial power passenger seat.
    • SEL trim has a power passenger seat and a rearview camera.


    • For 2013, the Touareg incorporates only minor changes over the 2012 models.
    • Touareg TDI Clean Diesel models get a power hike, from 225 horsepower to 240.
    • 18-inch “Karakum” wheels are available on VR6 and TDI Sport trims.
    • Executive and Hybrid trims get Vavona wood interior trim.
    • Hybrid models receive LED taillights and rear license-plate light.