Senin, 13 Januari 2014

NAIAS 2014 Highlights: Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept

Volkswagen has re-imagined its Beetle Dune concept car of 2000 with the similarly themed 2014 VW Beetle Dune concept car.

The new 2014 VW Beetle Dune concept, which was revealed at the Detroit motor show, is claimed to be almost production ready.

The original Beetle Dune, unveiled in Los Angeles in January 2000, was a more outlandish concept, whereas its successor is claimed by its maker to be only a concept car “for now”.

“Everything about this car is feasible – [it is] practically a production vehicle,” according to VW.
Should it be built, it would join coupé and cabriolet versions in the VW Beetle line-up.

Based on the Beetle coupé, the Beetle Dune has a suspension system raised by 50mm, while it also sports a bodykit, a pair of skis on the back, and wears 19in alloy wheels.

The front bumper includes a new large air intake with LED fog lighting and new LED indicators. The bonnet has been redesigned to become more bulbous, and now includes new air vents on either side.

Power for the Beetle Dune comes from a turbocharged 207bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine mated to a six-speed DSG gearbox sending drive to the front wheels only.

An electronic XDS differential lock is fitted, with the suspension system featuring MacPherson struts up front and a four-link design at the rear.

Volkswagen says the interior of the car is largely familiar from the production Beetle, with more rugged design elements like the addition of a passenger grab handle joining more luxurious features like the large touchscreen infotainment system.

Thanks to: Autocar

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