VW has unveiled a new version of the 2016 Beetle that is directly inspired by the classic Baja Bugs – the 2016 Beetle Dune.
VW has unveiled a new version of the 2016 Beetle that is directly inspired by the classic Baja Bugs – the 2016 Beetle Dune. Originally previewed as a concept, the 2016 Beetle Dune has a more aggressive exterior and a raised ground clearance to make it a bit more rugged than the standard Beetles.
The Beetle Dune features new bumpers, side moldings, a new wheel design, a raised ride height of 0.4 inches and track that is 0.6 inches wider give it a more rugged stance. The new front bumper features a large central air intake that widens towards its bottom edge, and a black honeycomb screen has an aluminum-look surround that morphs into the front skid plate. On either side of the intake, two black honeycomb vents contain the fog lights.
The side of the Beetle Dune is characterized by the contrast between the polished aluminum sills and the black trim strips that are reminiscent of the original Beetle running boards. It rides on unique 18-inch Canyon aluminum-alloy wheels.
Inside, the 2016 Beetle Dune features sport seats with contrasting orange stitching and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel. Standard equipment includes the latest generation MIB II infotainment system, which serves as the foundation for Volkswagen’s available Car-Net® suite of features. The 2016 Beetle Dune will be available in three exterior colors: Sandstorm Yellow, Pure White, or Deep Black Pearl. Sandstorm Yellow cars have an interior that features body color upper door trims and dashpads, whereas the Pure White and Deep Black Pearl vehicles have black door and dashpad trim.
The Beetle Dune is powered by a turbocharged 1.8L TSI engine with 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft. of torque. The Dune coupe will go on sale in the first quarter of 2016, while the Dune Convertible will arrive in showrooms in the third quarter of the year.