Volkswagen has revealed the production version of the Beetle Dune in both coupe and convertible bodystyles at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
First previewed as a concept during the 2014 North American International Auto Show, Volkswagen of America Vice President Joerg Sommer says the production version of the Beetle Dune is inspired by the classic Baja Bugs.
“The new Dune successfully captures the iconic spirit of Baja Beetles, with a more rugged feel and amenities never before offered on the third-generation Beetle,” Sommer said.
Compared to the standard model, the 2016 Beetle Dune is fitted with a more aggressive look due to its restyled front and rear design. Starting with the fascia, the Beetle Dune has a large air intake, a black honeycomb grill and an aluminum skid plate. Volkswagen says the vehicle can be equipped with a 'Lighting Package' which adds Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED license plate lighting.
Turning at the side, the Beetle Dune has a polished aluminum skirts, black wheel arches and “Dune” graphics which are displayed on both doors. It sits on a set of 18-inch Canyon aluminum alloy wheels.
The rear of the Beetle Dune features a large spoiler, LED taillights and a revamped bumper design that integrates matte black and aluminum trims.
Inside, it has a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and sport seats with orange contrast stitching. The Beetle Dune also has a MIB II infotainment system that features the brand's 'Car-Net' connectivity including Apple CarPlay, Andriod Auto and MirrorLink. Furthermore, the vehicle's interior comes with a 6.3-inch screen with a capacitive touch sensor (similar to smartphone and tablet technology) that enables gesture controls like swiping and pinch-zooming.
The Beetle Dune is powered by a 1.8-liter direct-injection turbocharged TSI four-cylinder engine that delivers 172 PS and 249 Nm of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.