Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept at NAIAS

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 by

The Beetle, regardless of where it shows up in the world, and whether it’s the coupe or the convertible, it’s known to bring a smile to the faces of many. With the world premiere of the Beetle Dune at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, has given the public the chance to see a Beetle with a rather different and rugged off-road look.

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept front

The Dune concept showed the potential for a new production version of the sportiest Beetle ever. The body was raised by two inches and the designers bolted a pair of skis to the roof to show the vehicles go-anywhere intentions. Its name, raised ground clearance, and all-terrain look hark back to the VW Bugs that conquered beaches and dunes in times past. In the summer, or quite frankly, anytime in the U.A.E, the skis would surely have to the swapped for a sandboard though!

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept interior

The Dune follows the production R-Line Beetle in its running gear. The 210 horsepower turbocharged TSI engine, together with a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, seems like a promising couple. And just like the R-Line, the Dune puts its power to the ground via the front wheels and a strut-type front and multilink rear suspension, with the XDS electronic differential lock providing further traction.

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept rear

Though it’s just a concept, we’ve got our fingers crossed to actually see one of these on the roads of the U.A.E…

One Response to Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept at NAIAS

  1. Pankaj Dev

    Pankaj Dev Reply

    January 20, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Very much like the idea of an all-terrain Beetle. The Bug would be an interesting sight in the desert landscape around here.

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