Volkswagen presented the new Beetle Dune at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The crossover model, which is completely redesigned is reminiscent of the legendary Baja California dune buggies, is characterized by an eye-catching design, large 18-inch wheels and a higher ride height. Customers can choose either a coupe or get the wind in their hair with a convertible.
The Beetle Dune largely brings the rugged design of the eponymous concept from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show to production, and it certainly looks tougher than the rest of the Beetle lineup. The model wears a new front bumper with a lower intake that’s outlined in bright trim, and niches in each corner house the foglights. The profile continues the brawny styling with black arch extensions around 18-inch wheels and polished sills. The redesigned rear features a spoiler and fascia with exhausts at each corner. The interior remains mostly unchanged except for some orange stitching, but a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and MIB II infotainment are standard. While outside the Dune graphics along the side add a somewhat vintage flair.
The sole powertrain consists of a 1.8 TSI four-cylinder with 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque and a six-speed automatic transmission. The Dune Coupe will go on sale in the first quarter of 2016, and the convertible will follow in Q3. Buyers will be able order the offroad-inspired models in Sandstorm Yellow, Pure White, or Deep Black Pearl.