The brand new Volkswagen Beetle Dune has just been revealed in production-guise and in both coupe and cabriolet configurations. Inspired by the iconic Dune Buggies of the 1960s and 70s, the new model will launch at the start of 2016 and be unveiled at this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show 2015.
On a power front, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune is offered with three different turbocharged petrol engines and two turbo diesel powertrains. Power for the petrol models range between 105 hp, 150 hp and 220 hp while the diesel engine delivers 110 hp in standard-configuration and 150 hp in the highest-performance variant.
From a design standpoint, the new Beetle Dune utilises a more off-road focused exterior with the ride height being raised by 10 mm. Alongside that change, the Beetle Dune includes a redesigned front and rear bumper with the front end including a colour-contrasted ‘skid plate’ while the rear end now includes a similarly colour-contrasted diffuser. Additionally, there are extended side skirts and a prominent bootlid lip spoiler.
Both the Beetle Dune Coupe and Cabriolet models are offered in nine different exterior colours including Sandstorm Yellow Metallic and Dark Bronze Metallic.
Inside, the car makes use of Volkswagen’s latest infotainment system which can be extended with a DAB+ digital radio receiver or a second Bluetooth phone interface. A high-end audio system from Fender is also offered.
“Beetle Dune kicks bridge to the legendary Dune Buggies the 60s and 70s
Charismatic Offroad optics with higher specified body and 18-inch wheels
Important facts – the new Beetle Dune in bullet points
1. Crossover: Dune Beetle debuts as Coupé and Cabriolet
with the all-terrain look of off-road model.
2. Character: Beetle Dune builds a bridge to the legendary
Dune Buggies the 60s and 70s.
3. Exterior: off-road applications, new bumpers,
Diffuser and standard 18-inch alloy wheels.
4. New colors: “Sandstorm Yellow Metallic” and “Dark
Bronze Metallic “; Wheels optional in “Sandstorm Yellow”.
5. all-terrain properties: Body protection with wheel arch
verbeiterungen; increased ground clearance.
6. interior with Charisma: New Dash Pad color and
individualized sport seats.
7. Series: cruise control, rain sensor, interior
autom. dimming, Park Pilot, Hill Start Assist.
8. drive systems: the Beetle Dune is 170 hp in the US
strong, in Europe, there are between 105 up to 220 hp.
9. US invention: New York Times used in the
30s as the first medium, the name “Beetle”.
10. Launch: early 2016 start of the “Dune” by.
Independent off-road design, higher ground clearance and new colours create more individuality
Beetle Dune makes its debut as a coupe and convertible
Los Angeles /Wolfsburg, 17 November 2015 – Volkswagen is presenting the new Beetle Dune at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The crossover model, which is reminiscent of the legendary Baja California dune buggies, is characterised by an eye-catching design with numerous off-road accents, large 18-inch wheels and a higher ride height. The Beetle Dune is making its debut as both a coupe and convertible, and it can be ordered from German Volkswagen partners beginning Thursday, 19 November. Prices begin at 23,625 euros for the Coupe and 27,800 euros for the Cabriolet.
The new Beetle Dune is a completely redesigned model that invites adventure. Its powerful character is emphasised by a large central air inlet – with a silver frame – and a black honeycomb screen. In side profile, the black wheel well and body add-on extensions are eye-catching in conjunction with the lighter body colours. In addition, black side trim strips (stylised “Beetle running boards”) and the “DUNE” badge underscore the dynamic image of the latest Beetle model. Its ground clearance is increased 10 millimetres to accentuate its all-terrain properties.
Three new elements define the rear of the Beetle Dune: along with a large rear spoiler (top in glossy black, surfaces beneath in body colour) and newly designed bumper (with diffuser in “Reflex Silver”), the new LED rear lights create a futuristic night design. A total of nine body colours are available for the Beetle Dune. New to the colour range are “Sandstorm Yellow Metallic” and “Dark Bronze Metallic.” In addition, the Coupe may be ordered with the roof painted black. All of the Beetle Dune Cabriolet versions come with a black soft top. The trendy overall impression continues into the interior. Prominentelements include the Dash Pad (styling panel on the dashboard) painted in body colour and the extensive contrasting stitching on the sport seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel, parking brake grip, etc. In contrast, areas of the seat system, door trim panels, roof pillars and headlining are finished in black.
The Beetle Dune features the latest generation of Volkswagen infotainment systems, which – depending onthe model – might be extended by adding a DAB+ digital radio receiver or a second Bluetooth phone interface. Voice control can be used to operate the radio, phone and access to connected media and – in the “Discover Media” system – the navigation functionality as well.
In conjunction with the “Composition Media” and “Discover Media” systems, Volkswagen is also offering an optional high-end sound system by US manufacturer Fender. The key component of this sound system is a 10- channel amplifier with Class A/B output amplifiers and 400watts of output power (as well as woofers, tweeters, subwoofer, etc.).
In Europe, the new Beetle Dune is available with three turbocharged petrol engines and two turbodiesels. The petrol engines produce 77 kW / 105 PS1, 110 kW /150 PS2 and 162 kW / 220 PS3; the diesel engines develop 81 kW / 110 PS4 and 110 kW / 150 PS5.
1 Fuel consumption of Beetle Dune TSI 77 kW in l/100 km: 5.6 – 5.2 (combined);
CO2 emissions in g/km: 129 -122 (combined), efficiency class: B
2 Fuel consumption of Beetle Dune TSI 110 kW in l/100 km: 5.9 – 5.5 (combined);
CO2 emissions in g/km: 137 – 126 (combined); efficiency class: C-B
3 Fuel consumption of Beetle Dune TSI 162 kW in l/100 km:6.9 – 6.6 (combined);
CO2 emissions in g/km: 161 – 153 (combined); efficiency class: 161 -153
4 Fuel consumption of Beetle Dune TDI 81 kW in l/100 km:4.5 – 4.3 (combined);
CO2 emissions in g/km: 117 – 112 (combined); efficiency class: A
5 Fuel consumption of Beetle Dune TDI 110 kW in l/100 km: 5.0 – 4.5 (combined);
CO2 emissions in g/km: 129 – 118 (combined); efficiency class: B – A