Wednesday, 8 January 2014

VW Gets Adventurous with New Beetle Dune Concept for Detroit Show

Volkswagen's second concept announcement for the 2014 Detroit motor show after the frugal Passat BlueMotion 1.4 TSI is the new Beetle Dune. If the name and styling of the concept previewed in the sketches rings a bell, it's because the Germans exhibited a similar study based on the previous Beetle back in 2000 (see photos below).

The newly interpreted Beetle Dune sports a tougher, crossover-like appearance with details such as the flared wheel arches fitted with black moldings, modified bumpers and side sills featuring protective plates and chunky wheels over a new set of rims.

Inside, the makeover includes the use of bright yellow accents and the replacement of the glove box in the passenger side with a handle.

Power is sourced from VW's familiar 210PS (207hp) 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine paired to a six-speed DSG dual clutch transmission.

While VW claims that the Dune is only a study for now, German magazine AMS says we could see a production model on the road as early as 2015.

Note: Second row photos are of the 2000 VW Beetle Dune Concept


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