Earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, Volkswagen showed us the Beetle Dune Concept with a rugged off-road look and a body that was been raised by 50 mm, while riding on 19-inch wheels with large tyres.
The body of the concept is 24mm wider each side thanks to two-part wheelarch extensions, while the front and rear cladding lengthens the car overall by 12 mm to 4,290 mm.
The track is also up by 29 mm, increased to 1,607 mm at the front and 1,573 mm at the rear.
According to Car Magazine, Volkswagen board has approved the Beetle Dune for production with sales starting in early 2016.
The Dune will be offered as both a hatchback and a convertible and is all about visual updates mainly for people who want to stand out. The Dune is reportedly more about bling and street greed than go-anywhere rugedness, that the Cross-badged models are known for. The Dune as suspected will be two-wheel drive only, which is a real shame.
The concept was powered by a 207bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo linked to six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. The production model will be most likely available from start with top petrol and diesel units found in the standard Beetle.
The Beetle Dune is expected to have a €2300 premium above the regular Beetle hatch with the same engine.