The original Beetle has been one of the most loved cars in the World, offering not only a cheap way of transport but also a way of life with its unique looks and incredible simple design. Unfortunately that model has been discontinued some time ago and in its place VW released the New Beetle which was poor in every way. In order to redeem themselves they also released the 2016 VW Beetle Dune which is not only a much better car in terms of performance but it is also better looking having a bit in common with the original which is always a nice feature. In order to give the car even more market share they are going to release the 2017 VW Beetle Dune which is going to be a crossover-like car with a high ground clearance and a lot of new features both on the exterior as well as on the interior.
2017 VW Beetle Dune Review
At first the Dune was no more than just a concept car but when VW saw how much attention it got, they decided to release the car in Europe as well as on the US market. The car should be ready for sale by the start of 2016 and it will likely be showcased in its production form at the Frankfurt Auto Show in the fall of 2015.
Volkswagen Beetle Dune Price
While there is still no information available on the price it seems that this model should cost around $3,000 more than the equivalent Beetle R Design which in its turn is around $30,000, depending on the market.
2017 VW Beetle Dune Engine
Engine wise, the 2017 VW Beetle Dune will make use of the same 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 from the R Design model and just like in it, the engine should make around 210 horsepower and no more than 230 lb-ft of torque which is a good amount of power considering the size of the car. It will then be mated either to a 6 speed manual or to a 6 speed dual-clutch automatic, both of them driving the front wheels via a limited slip differential. While it may seem like an odd choice from VW, the though Beetle is intended to be just a crossover and not really an off-road vehicle which is fine considering how good it looks. The fuel consumption will be slightly worse than that of the R Design due to the higher aerodynamic coefficient of the car.
The exterior of the new Dune will likely be the strongest point of the car and even though it is only in concept form, we are pretty sure that the production vehicle will be very similar to it. VW increased the width of the car by 2.2 inches and its ground clearance by 2 inches which should make it more stable on rough roads as well as it will allow it to get past larger obstacles with ease. In the back there is a small wing and the entire underside of the car is wrapped in soft black plastic which should easily protect it from rocks or debris. On top of that, the car will get a unique wrap as well as its own colors which should really make it stand out.
The cabin of the 2017 VW Beetle Dune will also receive a few upgrades from the base model. Firstly, it will be similarly equipped to a top of the range model, so it will get climate control, satellite navigation, leather upholstery with heated and ventilated seats and as an extra it will come with Recaro seats similar to those found on the Golf GTI as well as a different 3-spoke multi-functional steering wheel that should also be a lot easier to handle thanks to its perforated leather wrap.