NAIAS 2014: So this is what the Volkswagen Beetle Dune looks like

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Jan 14, 2014


Over the weekend, we showed you the illustration of the Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept that the German carmaker was set to display at the ongoing 2014 North American International Auto Show. While the drawing was clear and neat, nothing beats the real thing when it comes to shiny, new automobiles.

So here it is, the Beetle Dune Concept in all its bulgy, yellowy glory.

Volkswagen hasn\'t revealed whether this will eventually be offered to the public. What is mentioned in the car\'s press statement is this: \"The Beetle Dune is a concept. At least for now. But everything about this car is feasible--practically a production vehicle.\"

Because this is meant to be more versatile and more rugged than the regular Beetle, the car\'s body is raised 50mm. Large 19-inch wheels and tires add to the car\'s all-terrain character. Volkswagen originally showed off a New Beetle Dune in 2000 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but this one looks much closer to production.

The main exterior features of the car are the bi-xenon round headlights, the tweaked hood, the black vent screens, the front apron, the aluminum underbody protection, the LED fog lights, and the skis mounted to the outside of the trunk lid at the rear.

Of these skis, Volkswagen says: \"The love for detail is reflected in the skis of the concept car. Like the add-on parts, they are painted in shiny black. A silhouette of the Beetle Dune in its exterior color clearly identifies the car to which the skis belong. By the way, even with skis mounted to the car, the trunk lid can be opened easily at any time.\"

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Powering the Beetle Dune is a 207hp turbocharged gasoline engine mated to a six-speed DSG transmission. The car can reportedly sprint to 100kph in 7.5 seconds, with a top speed of 227kph.

Well, based on the photos, would this car encourage you to pursue outdoorsy activities?




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