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Mike Stevens | Jun, 24 2014 | 2 Comments

Volkswagen has handed down a fresh batch of on-road photos for its Beetle Dune crossover concept, revealed at January’s Detroit Auto Show.

A second ‘unveiling’ months after its initial debut is unusual, but a small detail in this week’s release could offer a hint of the company’s intentions.

Describing the Dune’s look as a “near-production design”, Volkswagen may have sneakily revealed plans to add yet another variant to its growing range of high-riding crossover models.

If the Beetle Dune does make its way to production, it would join the compact CrossPolo and the even smaller Cross Up in packing a jacked-up driving package beneath its roadgoing outfit.

Volkswagen also offers a ‘CrossGolf’ model between the Golf hatch and the taller Tiguan, although a different body designed has been used to set this model further apart from its regular hatch sibling.

It remains to be seen if the Dune will move to production, although it is known that the company is considering new sporty SUV options to impress the US market, where VW sales fell 4.6 percent in May.

In concept form, the Beetle Dune is powered by the regular model’s 155kW 2.0 litre turbo engine, sending power to the front wheels only. Volkswagen says the Dune will hit 100km/h in 7.5 seconds.

January’s concept is in fact the second Beetle Dune, following a version unveiled in 2000, using the first-generation ‘New Beetle’ body.

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.

 
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