2014 NAIAS: Vw Beetle Dune Concept wants to be a crossover

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 13, 2014

At the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Volkswagen unveiled the Beetle Dune Concept, a Beetle with a cool offroad look or a Beetle that wants to be a crossover. Wearing an Arizona yellow/orange metallic paintwork, the Vw Beetle Dune Concept comes with flared black wheel arches, a chrome-plated underbody protection and side trim strips on top of the sills, which are based on the legendary running boards of the original Beetle in order to underline the classy and sporty impression.

The vehicle was designed for those who love sandboarding or skiing. The skis are mounted to the outside of the trunk lid. To do this, the outer parts of the rear spoiler swivel; the skis are then placed in the spoiler, then it is closed to clamp them in place.

At the top, the skis slide into a receptacle in the specially developed roof spoiler, where they are secured by an 0.8-inch-wide belt. The roof spoiler is painted in high-gloss black, like the entire surface surrounding the transparent panoramic tilt/slide sunroof.

Inside, we find the dashpad painted in the same color as the exterior, an infotainment system that incorporates a 7.7-inch touch screen, special seats upholstered in “Titan Black” leather and center surfaces made of “Ceramique” colored “Gobi” breathable sport fabric.

Under the hood, there is a 2.0-liter TFSI engine that generates 210 hp and is bolted to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. The beetle dune as a manufacturer estimated fuel economy rating of 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Topics: vw, vw beetle, concept, naias

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