2016 VW Beetle Dune AWD and US release concern

Do you remember that Beetle Dune Concept that was on show earlier this year at the Detroit Motor Show? We hope you do because there is news from Volkswagen that it is to go into production in 2016, although there are still a few questions marks hanging over it. These include its powertrain, availability and price.

Let’s first talk about what we do know, and that is how the VW Beetle Dune will not only come in a coupe form, but convertible as well, which would make perfect sense seeing as though some of the target audience enjoys having the roof down on their vehicles.

We also learned from Car that the final production model will be 2-inches higher and 1.2-inch wider than the concept seen at the auto show. As for price, we do not have any specific details as yet, but it’s been suggested that it will be around €2,800 more than the standard bug, which is around $3,800 more, although we do know the US usually pays a little less.

What we do know for sure is what sort of engine it will have and if will be two or four-wheel drive. The concept model did have a 2.0-liter, 210 horsepower engine mated to a six-speed dual-clutch system, so VW could stick with this.

Having said that, it would be nice to have more of an engine choice rather than just the one. However, one of the most important factors that VW needs to get right with its Beetle Dune is to give it an AWD system.

This is because the target audience will want to take it on the beech, and offering traction to all four wheels is a must. Last but not least, Volkswagen made no mention of this buggy coming to the US, but seeing as it was showcased at Detroit this year, surely a North American release is on the cards?



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