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VW Beetle Dune concept returns

Could the VW Beetle Dune concept make it to production this time around?

Volkswagen revealed a rugged concept version of the Beetle called the Dune at the Los Angeles auto show back in January 2000, but nothing came of it. Now the off-roader has reared its bulbous head once more, only this time in a more production ready form.

The VW Beetle Dune will debut at the Detroit auto show on January 13th. It uses the same body as the latest production Beetle, but sits 50mm higher to improve ground clearance and has sizable 19-inch alloy wheels encased in ‘large tyres’.

A rear-mounted ski-rack makes it possible to lug around some skis or even a sand board. A useful addition if you happen to live near a mountain or sand dune.

The 210PS (207bhp) 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol lump found in the production Beetle lies under the VW Beetle Dune’s curved bonnet. A six-speed DSG gearbox provides power to the front wheels.

Unlike the original concept, which VW admitted was “far from a production possibility”, the latest Dune could actually bolster the range to three models. “Everything about this car is feasible – [it is] practically a production vehicle,” VW told Auto Express.

We can only guess other aspects of the Beetle Dune will have been borrowed from its Cabriolet and coupé siblings.

The big reveal is only days away ─ we’ll keep you posted. Until then, feast your eyes on the two concept drawings.

VW Beetle Dune concept interior

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