This is the VW Beetle Dune which has a rugged look thanks to its jacked-up the suspension and body kit and while it looks like a crossover, it’s not really designed for off-roading but does offer a great experience on-road.
The ride height has been raised by 10mm and the aim is to offer a new futuristic dimension on the current VW Beetle range and looks very much the iconic Beetle beach buggy.
Owners will also find 18inch alloy wheels, wheel arch extensions, a silver framed air inlet, black honeycomb grille and a new bumper design along with a choice of cabriolet or coupe versions of the Beetle Dune – deliveries will start in June.
Choice of five colours for the VW Beetle Dune
In addition, there’s also a choice of five colours for the VW Beetle Dune with part of the dashboard and door panels matching the body’s exterior colour. There’s even a large rear spoiler and new LED lights to help create a fresh looking Beetle.
To help the vehicle’s popularity, it is also packed with equipment including a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, a dashboard-mounted CD player, eight speakers, SMS messaging and a media system. VW have also added auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain sensing wipers and parking sensors.
Safety is also key and the VW Beetle Dune comes with electronic stability control, anti-lock braking as standard and there’s also rollover protection should owners take the car out onto a beach or over very rough terrain, for instance.
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Among the engines, there’s 1.2 litre petrol TSI unit which produces 105 PS with economy of 51 mpg and a 2.0 litre TDI unit which produces 150 PS and has economy of 63 mpg.
The VW Beetle Dune first made its appearance as a concept car in 2014’s Detroit motor show and the production model is very similar to that car which raised eyebrows and gained a lot of attention.
Available to order from 5 April, the VW Beetle Dune will cost from £21,300 OTR for the petrol engine version and £23,800 OTR for the diesel model.