Monday, 13 January 2014

VW's New Beetle Dune Concept Can Carry Skis in Style

After the leaked photos of VW’s Beetle Dune Concept, we now have official details about the study, which was revealed today at the Detroit Auto Show.

Based on the Beetle R-Line, the Dune Concept is longer (+0.5in/12mm), wider (+22in/559mm) and taller (+0.8in/20mm) though, while also having two inches (51mm) of additional ground clearance.

VW says the study “shows the potential for a new production version of the sportiest Beetle ever”, which we translate as it's soon coming to a dealer near you…

Featured in an “Arizona” yellow-orange metallic paint, with the two-part wheel arch extensions offset in black, the Beetle Dune Concept rides on 19-inch alloy wheels shod with 255/45 tires. It comes with a new hood that sports a raised center section flanked by air vents, while the redesigned apron has a large central air intake. Semi-circular LED foglights round out the front-end changes.

At the rear, the Dune features a roof spoiler and a trunk lid that work together to accommodate a pair of skis, as you can see in the photos. Even with skis mounted, the trunk lid can be opened at any time. Despite its off-road looks, the Beetle Dune is front-wheel-drive.

On the inside, the Beetle Dune Concept uses the “Arizona” exterior color on the dashboard, while a handle has replaced the bin on the passenger side. The center of the dashboard is dominated by 7.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen, which operates the infotainment system. The seats feature a sporty design, with their outer surfaces being wrapped in “Titan Black leather”, and the center section in “Ceramique” colored “Gobi” breathable sport fabric.

By Dan Mihalascu


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