Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept Explores Idea of Lifestyle Crossover SUV
By: Jeff Youngs, 1/17/2014
This modern iteration of the theme is based on a turbocharged Beetle R-Line model, and is equipped with the company's 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG). A 2-inch suspension lift raises the Beetle Dune Concept for extra ground clearance, and the car's track is wider, accompanied by commensurate increases in body width and larger 19-inch aluminum wheels. Volkswagen has not installed its 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, though, leaving the Beetle Dune Concept as a front-driver equipped with the company's electronic cross-differential system (XDS).
Styling is modified to provide a sportier appearance combined with underbody protection, and the concept car is painted Arizona, a metallic color that blends yellow and gold to create something resembling the afterglow of a desert sunset. A ski and snowboard rack is built into the rear portion of the roof, and a large spoiler is mounted just below the rear window.
Inside, the Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept has a panoramic sunroof and seats wrapped in black leather with white fabric inserts, along with a dashboard-mounted grab handle for the front passenger. The entire point of this concept car might just be that it has a new 7.7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with an Active Matrix Organic LED display, and that it offers a new Volkswagen Sideways app with features designed to help the driver locate nearby friends who have "checked-in" at certain places.
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