Volkswagen New Beetle Dune Concept debuts at NAIAS [Pics, Specs Details]

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The Volkswagen New Beetle Dune concept just made its debut at the ongoing North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

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The Dune concept is based on the latest version of the the Beetle and the latest concept adds a rugged off-road look to the beloved bug.

The Volkswagen New Beetle Dune concept comes with bigger wheels, more ground clearance and several other new bits. A rear-mounted ski-rack is reminiscent of those fitted to classic Beetles.

The latest Beetle Dune concept is basically the next step from the original idea, which was showcased way back in January 2000. Unlike the original concept though, the latest Beetle Dune concept is much closer to the production as it borrows a lot from the current production model. The new Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept is powered by the 210 PS turbocharged petrol engine that comes mated to a six-speed DSG gearbox, which sends power to the front wheels.

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At the front, the bumper has been comprehensively redesigned to incorporate a large black honeycomb air intake, with trapezoidal inserts either side. In these inserts sit semi-circular LED fog lights, and above these is a slender horizontal LED turn indicator. The Dune’s bonnet, meanwhile, has been made more bulbous, with a raised central section and prominent air vents on either side.

At the rear, above the modified bumper, sits a large rear spoiler, which, together with another roof-mounted spoiler, serves a dual purpose as a ski rack.

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The interior of the car is largely familiar from the production Beetle, but with the characteristic dash-mounted glovebox this time replaced with a passenger grab handle. The centre of the dash is dominated by a large high-resolution 7.7-inch touchscreen display.

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