Volkswagen will be launching the soft-top version of its Beetle at next month’s Los Angeles Auto Show, and the Beetle Convertible will be the third such bug to go topless, following the original Beetle Cabriolet, the Type 15 of 1949, and the New Beetle Convertible of 2002.

Design elements include a combination of a flatter roofline and a more upright windshield, which gives the car a silhouette that resembles that of the legendary original Beetle Cabriolet.

The car features a traditional soft top, but powered, opening and closing entirely automatically within around 10 seconds and up to a driving speed of 48 km/h. Included with the car is a standard soft-top cover, which, if desired, tucks the opened top neatly away.

The 225 litre trunk includes a fold-down, symmetrically-split rear bench seat, which allows transporting bigger items when the roof is closed.

An active rollover protection system is incorporated, consisting of two extendable modules fitted inside the vehicle in concealed fashion behind the back of the rear bench seat, activated in milliseconds via the central airbag triggering unit in the event of a roll over.

The soft-top bug will be available with seven engine options, ranging from the entry-level variant and its 105 PS 1.2 litre TSI unit right up to both TSI petrol and TDI diesel 2.0 litre jobs.