The LA Auto Show is in full swing at the moment and as expected there are several new models that are important for the US market. One of the models that is of more interest to South Africans is the debut of the Beetle Dune. Volkswagen launched production-ready versions of the hard-top and convertible versions of this new model. These are not far off from the Beetle Dune Concept we saw last year.
This crossover model is based on the current Beetle hatchback but is differentiated by off-road accents such as 18-inch wheels and a raised ride height of 10 mm. In profile, the black wheel well and body add-on extensions can be seen especially on lighter body colours. Black side trim strips running boards and “DUNE” badging round-off the effect.
A total of nine different body colours are available for the Beetle Dune including Sandstorm Yellow Metallic (seen here) and Dark Bronze Metallic. For added visual effect you can option the Coupé version with the roof painted black.
In Europe, the new Beetle Dune will be available with three turbocharged petrol engines and two turbodiesels. The petrol engines produce 77 kW, 110 kW and 162 kW. The turbodiesel engines develop 81 kW and 110 kW.
VWSA says that the new models are not heading to SA, but perhaps if there is enough interest the Uitenhage-based firm might reconsider.