Production Volkswagen Beetle Dune revealed
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Production variation of the off-road focused Volkswagen Beetle Dune revealed, as the product makes its debut at the LA motor show
The definitive production variation of the Volkswagen Beetle Dune has been revealed in both coupe as well as cabriolet bodystyles on the eve of the Los Angeles motor show, where the faux off-roader can be creating its debut.
Originally unveiled as a concept at the 2014 Detroit motor show, the Beetle Dune receives more rugged looking styling, greater ride height as well as larger wheels as well as tyres than standard versions of the second-generation modern day Beetle in a move aimed at providing the idea with similar appeal to Volkswagen’s dedicated off-road versions.
Yet despite the off-roader inspired design touches, the completely new product will be sold exclusively with front-wheel drive, owing to the lack of a four-wheel drive option for the Beetle, which can be produced at Volkswagen’s Puebla plant in Mexico.
Planned to go on sale from the UK in early 2016, the production variation of the Beetle Dune adheres closely to the earlier concept, which was styled under the direction of Volkswagen brand design boss, Klaus Bischoff.
Among the styling adjustments brought to the completely new two door can be a reworked front bumper featuring a prominent trapezoidal shaped central air duct, silver plastic kick plate, yet another air duct below the leading edge of the bonnet as well as revised indicator units as well as round fog lamps set within black plastic elements either side.
Further back, the Beetle Dune receives black plastic cladding within the wheel houses, serving to improve the width of the Centeng by 14mm. There are also more prominent sills, decals along the lower sections of the doors as well as rear fender panel as well as completely new 18-inch wheels shod with 235/45 profile tyres.
The rear can be distinguished via the standard Beetle by a spoiler mounted below the rear window, unique LED tail lamp graphics as well as a uniquely styled bumper featuring a silver plastic kick plate within the lower valance panel.
To further enhance the appearance, Volkswagen has also introduced respective 6mm as well as 7mm increases to the front as well as rear tracks through the adoption of completely new wheel carriers. The ride height can be also bumped up by 10mm, providing the Dune with greater ground clearance than the standard Beetle.
Inside, the main dashboard panel, door shoulders, piping as well as stitching on the seats, stitching on the steering as well as various control surrounds are all finished from the same colour as the outside.
The Beetle Dune will be sold from the UK with the choice of all 5 engines. Included are 103bhp 1.2-, 148bhp 1.4- as well as 217bhp 2.0-litre petrol units along with 109bhp 1.6- as well as 148bhp 2.0-litre diesels – all carried over via the standard Beetle. Gearbox choices include standard a six-speed manual as well as an optional six- or seven-speed dual clutch automatic.
Pricing for the completely new Volkswagen can be yet to be revealed, although the Beetle Dune can be likely to command a premium above the standard Beetle, which starts at £16,275 in coupe form as well as rises to £26,345 in most comprehensively equipped cabriolet form.
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