The Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept, set to be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit show, looks ready to take on just about anything, as a newly released sketch teases a rugged, adventure-bound concept with VW skis bolted to the back of the car.
Based on the Beetle R-Line,
the Dune Concept has been given an extra 2 inches of ground clearance
and an all-terrain appearance that includes larger and beefier wheels, a
unique front fascia, and rocker panels. Everything else from the R-Line
remains the same, including its 210-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four paired with
a six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. Although it also has the
R-Line's front-wheel drive layout, Volkswagen says the Dune Concept is
ready to take on sand dunes and mountains alike.
This isn't the first time VW has shown something
like this, as the automaker first debuted a New Beetle Dune concept at
the 2000 Los Angeles auto show reminiscent of the modified "Baja Bugs" of yore.
Unlike that concept though, VW says this Beetle Dune concept is more
realistic, and that it shows the potential for an even sportier Beetle.
The Beetle Dune Concept also reminds us of the buggy Up! concept shown at the 2011 Frankfurt show.
Hearkening back to the iconic beach buggies and of the 1960s, the buggy
Up! concept kept the open-cabin design and added a modern twist with
18-inch wheels and waterproof interior. Given that this is the third
dune buggy-like concept, it seems VW may be getting ready to pull the
trigger on building one, but we'll have to wait until the 2014 Detroit
show for more details.
Thanks to: Motor Trend