Vw Beetle Dune Concept shown prior to 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on January 12, 2014

Few days ago we revealed you the first sketches with Volkswagen’s new Beetle Dune Concept. Today, two new photos showing the real thing emerged on the Web and as usual we brought them to you. Set to make its official debut next week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept is a modern interpretation of the New Beetle Dune concept that was unveiled back in 2000 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

According to Volkswagen, this new concept is a version closer to production. The German manufacturer wants to see if the people do like the idea of a Beetle featuring a crossover cues such as underbody protections, flared wheel arches, black moldings and big alloy wheels.

Under the hood, there is the popular 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder petrol engine rated at 210 hp (154 kW), mated to a six-speed duel-clutch DSG gearbox. More details to be revealed when Volkswagen will officially introduce its new concept car.

Wrapped in "Arizona" – a warm yellow-orange metallic color – the new Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept could pave the way for the sportiest Beetle ever. Offset in black with a matt finish, the two-part wheel well extensions feature so-called blades – 1.5-mm thick razor-like elements integrated on top of the main matt parts. These blades seem to hover above the wheel housings, simply because the shiny and matt parts do not come into contact with each other directly.

The wheel housings, meanwhile, feature a semi-hexagonal cut-out and help widen the Dune’s body by 48 mm. This means that the Beetle Dune measures 4,290 mm in length (plus 12 mm), 1,856 mm and 1,536 mm in height (plus 50 mm).

In addition, VW widened the front track of the Dune by 29 mm (to 1,607 mm) and the rear track also by 29 mm (to 1,573 mm). Likewise, the Dune has a low wheel pitch of 33 mm (instead of 44 mm). The new Beetle Dune rides on 19-inch wheels hugged by 255/45 tires with a diameter of 723 mm. These wheels feature a similar design to that of five-spoke aluminum 18-inch "Twister" Beetle wheels with black interior spaces and a polished aluminum ring. Each wheel features the VW logo on the center, as integrated in a 3D module finished in body color.

Meanwhile, the wheel well extensions shift into brushed aluminum sill trim panels, as joined by a chrome-plated underbody protection panel. Interestingly, the sills are finished in high-gloss black on the area joining the body up high. Located just above the side sills are the high-gloss black side trim strips, which are signature cues of the Beetle. The door mirror housings, meanwhile, vapor-coated in aluminum, as contrasted by its black feet. The distinctive Dune logo, on the other hand, can be found in front of the rear wing.

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