The premium hatchback segment is slowly undergoing a major shift in the Indian car market. The segment which was until now inhabited by only two cars Volkswagen Beetle and the Fiat 500 though the variation is the prices is huge, had been driven on cart wheels without much to talk about sales-wise. Suddenly out of the blue, BMW India has dropped a bombshell launching their precious MINI brand in India with Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S to carve a niche in this segment. Volkswagen who is already a veteran by now has decided to play its own hand introducing the Volkswagen Beetle with the diesel heart to meet the diesel car demand in the country. And hence evolved the Volkswagen Beetle diesel unveiled at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo, the same which is also going to do a catwalk at the Chicago Motor show shortly.
Volkswagen Beetle has always had that cutesy appeal with condensed rounded look about the car. The displayed Volkswagen Beetle diesel in India has the bonus of surplus charm combined with the 2.0L powerful diesel engine we have been seeing in the Volkswagen Jetta with some impressive power and torque output of 146 Bhp and 236 lb-ft. All the same, the Volkswagen Beetle price in India is again an important factor to do wonders for the car sales which is expected to be in the range of Rs 23 lakh and up going by the price the Volkswagen Beetle petrol carries. The Indian car market is presently thriving on the mileage numbers offered by any new car of late and the Volkswagen Beetle diesel despite its powerful motor is expected to offer an exemplary fuel efficiency of 22kmpl giving every reason for the consumers to get hooked on the car that delivers performance combined with beauty. All the same, it would be interesting to see when Volkswagen India will decide to launch the Volkswagen Beetle diesel in India. Have a sneak peak at the Volkswagen Beat pictures if you are wondering how the diesel variant for India will look like.