Following a Dune concept from the Detroit Auto Show in 2014, rumours have persisted that a road-going version was in the German carmaker’s future plans.
And while the market for such a car may be limited, Volkswagen will be banking on some nostalgia kicking in from buyers who remember similar ‘Dune Bugs’ of the 1960s.
The Dune will be available (in the US at least) as either a coupe or convertible with a choice of three paint finishes: Pure White, Sandstorm Yellow or Deep Black Pearl.
Power comes from a 1.8 litre TSI petrol engine making 127kW and 250Nm, matched with a six-speed automatic.
Inside, the Dune features Volkswagen’s infotainment system with Android Auto and Apply CarPlay, operated via a 6.3-inch touchscreen.
There’s also, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control, a Technology Pack, push-button start with keyless entry and a premium audio system.
Outside, the Dune wears new front and rear bumpers over the regular Beetle, black wheel arch flares, a rear diffuser and a 18-inch alloy wheels.
The package is finished off with Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs, LED taillights and LED number plate lights.
The Volkswagen Beetle Dune will go on sale to US customers from Q1 next year in coupe spec, with the convertible version set to follow in Q3. Whether the Dune will makes its way into Australian showrooms or not is unclear at this stage.
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