With the Beetle Dune Concept, presented at the beginning of the year in the Detroit auto show, Volkswagen is studying the possibility of making its own "buggie". The final announcement will be given next week at the Los Angeles auto show. PHOTOS: Volkswagen
With the presentation of a concept model shown at the beginning of the year at the Detroit auto show , Volkswagen is signaling that it wants to bring something to the market quite close to the classic buggies and "plates" that many amateur mechanics manufactured on their own. It is a concept called Beetle Dune and basically it is a Beetle of the new ones but with a more off road appearance . And the reason why I clarify that it is just a look , an image, is because although it has a markedly higher suspension, the car remains front-wheel drive. That is, it is only a matter of image, since it is not an off roaderserious. Also, look at the photos; It is always on the pavement. They never show it on the dunes that inspire its name.
Contributing to that rougher appearance is the fact that it has some exclusive guardalodos that are bigger and that stand out a lot from the body. They make the Dune look very wide. To carry skis and surfboards and snowboarding , it has a rear spoiler that also works as a rack.
The paint, of a color between yellow, gold, copper and orange is called "Arizona" and is also present in the cabin. The dash , some door panels and some consoles are of this metallic color, like the seams of the seats and carpets.
The engine is the same four-cylinder turbo 2.0-liter and 210 horsepower that has the Turbo Bettle. The transmission is automatic six-speed with dual clutch .
The interesting thing about this prototype is that Volkswagen intends to take it to production as an additional model to the Beetle line. The automaker is expected to confirm this information next week during the press days of the Los Angeles auto show. There I will be covering it for MotorShowPR, the Al Vocero Al Volante section and my AutoShow 580 radio program by WKAQ 580.