NAIAS 2014 Unveiled: 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept

The Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept made its world debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and was one of five vehicles showcased by the German automaker.

The Beetle Dune looks as if it’s ready to go on an off-road adventure with its larger-than-normal wheels and cleverly placed ski rack built into the roof and spoilers that gives the vehicle the appearance of having antennae. Coupled with a yellow-orange metallic paint finish, which VW is calling “Arizona,” and the black wheel arch extensions, the Beetle Dune resembles its namesake, more specifically the Chondropyga dorsalis, commonly known as the cowboy beetle.

VW Beetle Dune Concept
The Beetle Dune is actually based on a Beetle R-Line, but it is longer, wider and taller than the vehicle on which it is based, with two inches of additional ground clearance. This allows for the Beetle Dune to fit larger 19-inch wheels and 255/45 tires, which fill out the wheel housings.

Under the hood, the Dune is just like the Beetle R-Line, sporting a 210-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI engine, with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and an electronic XDS differential. The Beetle Dune has the same front-wheel-drive layout as the standard Beetle, with strut-type front suspension and multilink rear arrangement. It also has an estimated fuel economy rating of 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

The Beetle Dune also features a revamped interior with a dashpad painted in the “Arizona” color. Most notably, the Dune replaces the Beetle bin on the passenger side with a contrasting black grab handle, accented in “Arizona” and aluminum accents. The seats are wrapped in black leather on the outer surfaces with a contrasting-colored breathable sport fabric in the center surfaces and are accented with decorative stitching, also in the “Arizona” color.

However, the highlight of the interior is the infotainment system with a high-resolution 7.7-inch touchscreen, an Active Matrix Organic LED display and a digital display of the car’s pitch and roll — a tribute to the 2000 Beetle Dune.

The Beetle Dune Concept infotainment system will also feature the “Volkswagen Sideways” app, which integrates points of interests into the navigation system and even displays whether your friends are there. The app’s points of interest will also be weather appropriate, so you won’t be sent to an outdoor swimming pool in the winter.

The Beetle Dune Concept was one of two concept vehicles making its world debut at the Cobo Center along with the Passat BlueMotion Concept. Two versions of the VW Golf were also showcased: the Golf fully electric e-Golf and the high performance Golf R, which made its U.S. debut.

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