We already know that the Vw Beetle is a phenomenon, but it appears that the German manufacturer wants to make it even bigger. If you don’t like the Beetle or the Beetle Convertible, how about a Beetle looking like a crossover? Apparently, this is what you will see at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit when Volkswagen will unveil the Beetle Dune Concept.
According to Volkswagen, the new Beetle Dune Concept comes with a cool and rugged offroad look but what’s more important is that it shows the potential for a new production version of the Beetle. The new Beetle Dune Concept was raised by two inches and features a pair of skis to the roof in order to show the vehicle’s go-anywhere intentions.
Moreover, the concept car comes with a new bumper that underlines its off road capabilities as well as bigger wheels and new side sills, as well as new rear spoiler. Still, we’re curious to see the rear of the car. Volkswagen says that the Beetle Dune Concept was inspired by the Vw Bugs that conquered beaches and dunes in the past. In the summer, simply swap the skis for a sandboard.
Still, an idea of a Beetle crossover is not new as Volkswagen already unveiled the New Beetle Dune Concept back in 2000 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The New Beetle Dune Concept was not very realistic though especially with its interior and roof structure, but the 2014 Beetle Dun Concept is a lot more feasible.
Based on the production R-Line Beetle in its running gear, the Beetle Dune Concept is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI engine rated at 210 hp and bolted to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. Power is transmitted to the front wheels and the XDS electronic differential lock providing further traction.