2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

German automaker presented the concept of this vehicle at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, and latest news is that the model will start its serial production for 2016 model year.  Practically the model is off-road version of the standard VW Beetle model which already earned its popularity all over the world. 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune will have special styling and mechanical elements adjusted to off road driving.

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune front view

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune specs

On the exterior of the model visible changes, compared to regular Beetle include higher ground clearance by 2 inches, it is 2.2 inches wider and 1.1 inches longer. Crescent-shaped fog lights, 19-inch alloy wheels, custom-made hood and various others styling cues separate the Beetle Dune from the Beetle.

Inside, it features 7.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen interface, more rugged overall styling adjusted to 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune purpose – off road drive. German automaker also added Volkswagen Sideways App to the list of features combining the modern touches with classic off-road styling elements.

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune will be powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injected turbo four-cylinder engine capable to deliver 210 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a6-speed DSG transmission and FWD. It is capable to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 7.5 seconds. Dune’s fuel economy is rated at 23/29 mpg city/highway.

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune rear view

Regular VW Beetle redesign

Last, but not the least – the news about the standard Beetle model. Although there were some rumors that German giant plans to end the production of this legendary model, as it turns out, those information were completely false. Volkswagen recently announced the redesign of the Beetle which will happen sometime during the next three years. So far there is no much info about potential changes, but reliable sources reveal that new Beetle will be built on MQB platform.

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