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Volkswagen Beetle Dune is Ready for the Desert

18 Novembre 2015 - Autoblog

Volkswagen Beetle Dune is Ready for the Desert

While the original Volkswagen Beetle did a fantastic job as basic transportation for millions of drivers, many owners also created potent offroad machines by modifying them into Baja Bugs.

VW takes inspiration from this legacy in the dirt with the 2016 Beetle Dune that debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Customers can spec the car as a coupe or get the sand in their hair with a droptop.

The Beetle Dune largely brings the rugged design of the eponymous concept from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show to production, and it certainly looks tougher than the rest of the Beetle lineup. The model wears a new front bumper with a lower intake that's outlined in bright trim, and niches in each corner house the foglights. The profile continues the brawny styling with black arch extensions around 18-inch wheels and polished sills. Dune graphics along the side add a somewhat vintage flair. The redesigned rear features a spoiler and fascia with exhausts at each corner. The interior remains mostly unchanged except for some orange stitching, but a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and MIB II infotainment are standard.

Despite the tough styling, the Beetle Dune is probably more comfortable on the road than off the beaten path. The sole powertrain consists of a 1.8 TSI four-cylinder with 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque and a six-speed automatic that spins the front wheels. However, the ride height grows 0.4 inches compared to the standard Beetle to match the more rugged look, and the track expands 0.6 inches.

The Dune Coupe will go on sale in the first quarter of 2016, and the convertible will follow in Q3. Buyers will be able order the offroad-inspired models in Sandstorm Yellow, Pure White, or Deep Black Pearl.

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