2014 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept

2014 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept 6 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept

2014 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept 8 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept

After the coupe and the convertible versions, Volkswagen reintroduces the Beetle, albeit in a sporty form – the Beetle Dune concept. The car, which has always brought a smile to people whenever sighted on the city roads, seems to get aggressive with its all new metallic cool offroad look. The rugged look is achieved with its new yellow orange metallic paint dubbed ‘Arizona’ contrasted with gloss and matte black offsets alongside the brushed aluminium trim. According to Volkswagen, the Dune concept is a ‘Baja bug for the 21st century.’

So what is different about the concept this time? We can see a set of 19-inch five spoke alloy wheels wrapped up in 255/40 tires. This is achieved by a raised suspension – 2 inches more ground clearance than the R-Line. The wheels have black painted inserts and a three dimensional VW logo in the centre. There are 1.1 inch wider front and rear tracks and 1.1 inch wider fender flares. The tracks have now become 63.3 inches and 61.9 inches respectively. The overall height has been increased by 0.8 inches, width by 2.2 inches which makes the total width 73.4 inches and length by 0.8 inches, making it 168.9 inches overall. The hood is raised and the front fascia is a unique addition to the car’s features, giving the car the tough look. Another addition to the ruggedness is the aluminium skidplate. An interesting feature is the ski and snowboard track integrated into the rear spoiler. To accommodate the gear, the spoiler slides away and then snaps back into place that secures them against the trunk lid. This does not affect the operation of the trunk.

As per the Beetle R-Line. The Beetle Dune concept is powered by the 210 hp turbocharged and direct injection TSI 2.0 litre four -cylinder engine. With a six-speed DSG dual clutch automatic transmission, the vehicle has a manufacturer estimated fuel economy rating of 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Moving on to the exterior features, the vehicle retains the Beetle R-Line’s HID headlights and the hood has a raised centre section flanked by two honeycomb vents with a chrome strip. The unique front fascia features a big trapezoidal centre air intake with a chrome surround wrapping the ski plate. The left and right portions of the air intake are the foglight housings. The housing is trapezoidal in shape and has gloss black frames and innovative LED foglights. The LED rings have a semicircular shape with a matte finish, thus resulting in a uniform light band. Three slender cross ribs and narrow chrome strip 0.4 inches high serves as an LED turn signal and are located above the semicircular LED rings. The rear bumper is emphasized by the rear wheel arch’s gloss black ‘blade’ which also surrounds the rear license plate and the lower part of the bumper showcases the fender flare’s matte finish. The dual exhaust poke out of the rear diffuser in the part of the under body’s skid plate. The bottom of the door mirrors are in black with the rest of the mirror being vapour coated in aluminium.

In the interior features, we discover quite a few changes. The dashpad is in the same ‘Arizona’ colour and does not contain the traditional ‘Kaeferfach’ or beetle bin. It has been replaced by a black soft touch material coated grab handle with aluminium accents , another indigenous feature of the Beetle. The infotainment system has a digital interface with a high resolution 7.7inch touchscreen. An AMOLED (active matrix organic LED) display is incorporated along with the ‘Volkswagen Sideways App’. The seats are sporty yet with a level of sophistication available in three colours.

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