The Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept has been revealed at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The bulked-up version of the German hatchback is believed to be a preview of the production model that may be launched in 2015.
Volkswagen intends to gauge public reaction with this sporty-yellow concept, which is identical to the sketches released last week. The exteriors of the car are prepared for off-roading complete with metal bash-plate, guards protecting lower body panels and 50mm-higher ride height. It is also 29mm wider than the standard car with massively flared wheel-arches. The cosmetic upgrades include horseshoe shaped LED DRLs, 19-inch black alloy-wheels, dual exhaust, roof rack and vertical vents on the bonnet.
The power for this front-wheel driven Dune concept is derived from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit, delivering substantial 210bhp and 280Nm. With the six-speed DSG gearbox, this concept is capable of hitting 100kph from standstill in 7.5 seconds. The Dune concept does have bit of off-road prowess with multi-link rear suspension and ‘XDS’ electronic differential lock.
The yellow theme continues inside – dashboard, steering wheel, door inserts and floor mats have plenty of bright paintwork. The features list includes a 7.7-inch touch screen system that sits below old-school, yet very sporty analogue gauges.
VW is yet to confirm if this car will reach showrooms, but unlike the previous concept this one can be moved to the production-line very quickly. Hopefully this time around the Dune concept will see the light of day - unfortunately we will still not see this car in India, unless of course one of you enthusiasts decides to import one in public interest.