Volkswagen has showcased the concept Dune version of the Beetle at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show. The Beetle Dune was showcased as a concept version way back in 2000 but hasn’t reached the production stage due to unknown reasons. The Beetle Dune concept has retained the basic design elements of the normal Beetle with minute changes to the mechanicals and cosmetic updates to the exteriors as well as interiors to give a sporty look. Based on the Beetle R-Line, the Dune Concept is longer (by 12 mm), wider (by 559 mm) and taller (by 20 mm) while also having two inches (51 mm) of additional ground clearance.
Volkswagen says the study shows the potential for a new production version of the sportiest Beetle ever, which we translate as it’s soon coming to a dealer near you. Featured in an “Arizona” yellow-orange metallic paint, with the two-part wheel arch extensions offset in black, the Beetle Dune Concept rides on 19-inch alloy wheels shod with 255/45 tyres. It comes with a new hood that sports a raised centre section flanked by air vents, while the re-designed apron has a large central air intake. Semi-circular LED foglights round out the front-end changes.
At the rear, the Dune features a roof spoiler and a trunk lid that works together to accommodate a pair of skis, as you can see in the photos. Even with skis mounted, the trunk lid can be opened at any time. Despite its off-road looks, the Beetle Dune is a front-wheel-drive. On the inside, the Beetle Dune Concept uses the “Arizona” exterior colour on the dashboard, while a handle has replaced the bin on the passenger side. The centre of the dashboard is dominated by a 7.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen, which operates the infotainment system. The seats feature a sporty design, with their outer surfaces being wrapped in “Titan Black leather”, and the centre section in “Ceramique” coloured “Gobi” breathable sport fabric. This vehicle is unlikely to go on sale in the near future.