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Mike Stevens | Jan, 13 2014 | 4 Comments

Volkswagen has revealed a new take on its 2000 Beetle Dune concept, unveiling a 2014 showcar of the same name at this week's Detroit Auto Show.

As with that original concept, the new Dune buggy builds on the look of the regular Beetle coupe by jacking it up to SUV heights and giving it a more ruggedised look.

Unique features for the Dune include new bumpers, black plastic flares to the wheel guards, along with metal skid plates and rails around the bottom edge.

Like most of today's compact SUVs, the Dune is a front-wheel-drive affair only, with power provided by the same 155kW turbo 2.0 litre engine availablein the regular Beetle.

The 2014 Dune accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 225km/h.

Inside, the 2014 concept uses a similar theme to the original, with yellow and black seats, door trims and dashboard.

Tweaks include a new grab-handle in place of the glove box, along with a 7.7 inch touchscreen and three gauges mounted centrally on top of the dash.

Volkswagen says that while the original Dune concept was "far from a production model", this latest rendition comes much closer to previewing a possible showroom future.

That's about all the hints that Volkswagen is offering, however, with an actual production debut yet to be confirmed.

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