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Beetle Dune concept revealed by Volkswagen


The new Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept was previewed and shows the German carmakers’s vision of making a mild crossover based on the latest version of the iconic small car while also being inspired by beach buggies of the past.

The tougher-looking and harder-wearing Beetle Dune concept is thought to be a strong chance to make the transition from show car to showrooms, because Volkswagen gauged the public reaction at its Detroit auto show debut recently.

The Beetle Dune concept is almost identical to the sketches that were released on Friday, surprisingly retaining the sporty and off-road attitude shown in the drawings.

The concept features a 50mm-higher ride height and a 29mm-wider track than the regular hatch, as well as metal scuff plates and plastic guards which will protect the lower body panels. The vehicle features horseshoe-shaped LED daytime running lights which are located on a redesigned front bumper, while the new bonnet features a slight bulge and longitudinal vents.

The flared guards are occupied with black and silver 19-inch alloy wheels and the rear has uniquely styled LED tail-lights, high-mounted tailgate ‘roof-rack’, a two-tone black and yellow spoiler as well as dual exhaust outlets.

The engineering teams placed within the front-wheel-drive Beetle Dune, a turbocharged 155kW/290Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, taken from the Golf GTI Mk6, with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and it will also feature a multi-link rear suspension and Volkswagen’s ‘XDS’ electronic differential lock.

As far as speed numbers go, the Dune concept – at least according to the company – can reach 100km/h in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 227km/h.

On the inside, the yellow paintwork is featured on the dashboard and doorsills, the interior also featuring highlights on the steering wheel, floor mats, doors and seat piping. And since we mentioned the dash, it is dominated by a 7.7-inch high-resolution touchscreen while also featuring three analogue meters on top of the centre stack.

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