Volkswagen recently unveiled the Dune edition of the Beetle just before the Los Angeles Auto Show, followed by its official debut at the event. The cosmetic changes to the car reciprocate its off-road inspired tag. And there is not just a coupe version, but a convertible as well. Let's have a close look at the cars that will only go on sale in the global market next year.
The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune pays homage to the Baja Bugs by borrowing traits from the vintage cars. The new body panels give the car a sporty and rugged look.
Upfront, the new faux aluminum skid plate evokes the look of an off-roader. The restyled front bumper boasts of a central intake with honeycomb grille pattern outlined with a silver frame.
The off-road-inspired name is further supported by polished aluminum side skirts, black wheel arch extensions and ‘Dune’ badged body side graphics.
The 18-inch Canyon-style wheels carry forward the sporty character. They are shod with all-season tyres also giving the car a purposeful look.
At the back, there is a new rear bumper, LED tail lamps and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. The sporty stance of the car is courtesy an increased ride height and a wider track.
The open-top Dune version comes with a black soft top, while the coupe gets an optional tilt-and-slide sunroof. Both, the coupe and the convertible get sport seats with orange contrast stitching.
The dashboard is same as the exterior colour and there is a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel. The MIB II infotainment system comes as a standard fitment with a 6.3-inch screen.
The Dune edition is powered by Beetle's 1.8-litre TSI four-cylinder mill producing 170bhp of power and 250Nm of torque. This power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox.