Volkswagen has finally unveiled the Beetle Dune Concept at the 2014 North American International Auto Show a.k.a Detroit Motor Show. The Beetle is an iconic car that has been evolving over the decades and the Beetle Dune Concept shows the potential for a new production version ready-to-go-anywhere Beetle.
Unlike the standard Beetle which is a more of a hatchback, the Dune concept is an offroader with lots of character. The Dune concept has been presented in “Arizona”, a yellow-orange metallic paint. Proportion wise the flared wheel housing has widened the Dune’s body by 1.1 inches per side, giving it a total width of 73.4 inches. This makes the Dune concept 2.2 inches wider than the standard Beetle.
Overall the offroader is 0.5 inch longer, 0.8 inches taller and sits 2 inches higher than the R-Line model on which it is based. The car also gets 1.1 inch wider front and rear tracks that now allow wearing 19-inch wheels and 255/45 tires to fill the wheel housings.
Coming to the features now, the exterior gets brushed aluminum sill trim panels, chrome-plated underbody skidplate, Bi-Xenon round headlights, a new hood, prominent air vents on the hood with a honeycomb appearance, redesigned front apron, a large central air intake, trapezoidal LED foglight housings with semi-circular LED rings, ski mounts on the outside of the trunk lid, high-gloss black roof spoiler, transparent panoramic tilt/slide sunroof, and much more.
The interior is extremely funky thanks to the “Arizona” painted dashpad. Other highlights include a 7.7 inch AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic LED) touchscreen display, sporty seats wrapped in “Titan Black” leather with “Ceramique” colored “Gobi” sport fabric at the center, “Arizona” color stitching on front and rear of the head restraints, “Volkswagen Sideways” app integration and more.
Now coming to the main section, the engine, the Beetle Dune Concept is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, direct-injection TSI petrol engine that produces a maximum of 210 hp. It comes combined with a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission that helps the car get an estimated fuel economy figure of 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. As far as the front wheel drive configuration and strut-type front suspension and multilink rear arrangement are concerned, the Dune concept retains them from the original car.