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We saw a different Beetle Dune Concept back in 2000 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and while many of the elements of that concept weren't feasible for production, Volkswagen has decided to revisit the idea. The new Beetle Dune Concept will have a raised body, showcasing its "go anywhere" look.
The new one is powered by a 210-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI engine paired with a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission that gets 23/29 mpg city/highway. It's also front-wheel drive with a multilink rear suspension and standard XDS electronic differential lock to offer further traction. The exterior is aggressive and sporty, and if/when it hits production, it will be the sportiest Beetle ever produced, at least for our shores. It looks to compete in the same crossover space as vehicles like the Subaru XV Crosstrek.
Who It's For
Fans of the Beetle will love the new model. While many buyers have been drawn to the lineup of Beetle vehicles, including the convertible and R models, the Dune Concept offers buyers the chance to have a Beetle that can go virtually anywhere. Although we haven't seen the all-terrain Beetle in action, Volkswagen believes it to be capable. If you don't want an SUV but still want to be able to take that drive up the snowy mountain with relative ease for ski season, the Beetle Dune is a good choice. But you don't have to go to the snow to enjoy the new model. Just take it to the place where it gets its name: the dunes. If you want a fun, sporty, and dynamic driving experience, the Beetle Dune Concept should definitely be on your list.
The new Beetle Dune Concept boasts some pretty great features, and we've highlighted the top below.
- Aggressive, sporty appearance.
- Potential all-terrain capabilities.
- All of that lovable Beetleness you've come to expect.
What We Think
Beetles have long been an iconic piece of the automotive industry, and the Beetle Dune Concept takes its name from the models that have conquered beaches and dunes in the past. Volkswagen has raised the new concept a few inches to show off its all-terrain capabilities, but that's something we'd have to see to believe. Yes, it's received some powertrain and suspension updates to give it better traction, but we won't know until we drive it. If made a production model, the Beetle Dune may be the top-selling Beetle model, as its rugged appearance will attract more male buyers that won't be laughed at for owning one.
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