Volkswagen unveiled the Beetle Dune Concept at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show (NAIAS). It dons the cosmetics from that of the outgoing Beetle R version, but is notched slightly from the front rear and sides in order to deliver a beefy road presence like that of its segment’s siblings, and specifically raised ground clearance of 2-inches as well. Hence, under the hoods presents a 2.0L four-cylinder 210 horses-powered TSI engine with the six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.
A lot of chrome and existing B-Xenon headlights with LED fog-lamps went into enticing the entire new attire of Beetle. Its 19-inch alloy wheels do the favour of not regretting it what the other big bullying SUVs had under their wheel arch. The raised height has craved the way for air dam and fog lamps on the front fascia. Meanwhile, the spoiler is shown with an attitude of going extreme with utilities like carrying skis on it without harnessing the opening of tailgate.
On inside, panoramic-sunroof amplifies the feel of going convertible in the coupe-like structured off-road Beetle. But on the flipside, the high-resolution 7.7-inch AMOLED infotainment touch-screen confirms it to be to be that same chunky Beetle R underneath the skin. Black leather and Gobi sport fabric upholstery with aluminum dash accents deserves a pat on the designers back for blissfully going such creative along with the manly and sporty flair. Yet it is not confirmed how close this model is to the production.
Let’s clarify the last bit of technicalities; Beetle concept still holds a front-wheel drive layout despite having the XDS electronic differential lock as standard, with the existing strut-type front and multilink rear suspension.