Launched accross the Ocean, during this year Detroit Motor Show, the new Volkswagen Beetle Dune is ready to reach UK shores. Available to order from 5 April through the Volkswagen UK Retailer network, the Beetle Dune’s rugged looks are enhanced via 18-inch ‘Mythos’ alloy wheels, front and rear wheelarch extensions and new bumper designs.
Beetle Dune customers have a choice of Coupe or Cabriolet versions and deliveries of both will begin in June. There are five paint jobs to opt from: Sandstorm Yellow metallic and Dark Bronze metallic, in particular, have been developed exclusively for the Beetle Dune. Other colour options include Deep Black pearlescent, Black (non-metallic) and Pure White (non-metallic).
Inside, extensive use of contrast ‘Turmeric’ stitching on the sport seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel and parking brake grip help define the new Dune while contrasting areas of the seat system, door trim panels, roof pillars and headlining are finished in black.
The new Beetle Dune is based on the existing Beetle’s Design trim level and comes standard with Composition Media system which includes 6.5-inch touch-screen with Bluetooth telephone connection, DAB digital radio receiver, dash-mounted single CD player, MDI (Multi Device Interface) via USB connection, SMS messaging functionality and eight speakers. Standard-fit technology also includes a Light and Sight pack comprising auto dimming rear-view mirror, automatic headlights and rain sensing wipers, and ultrasonic parking sensors front and rear.
Safety is enhanced via ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) fitted as standard and the Beetle Dune Cabriolet has rollover protection.
The Beetle Dune is powered by a choice of two engines. The 1.2-litre petrol TSI engine develops 105 hp and is available with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox.
The 2.0-litre TDI develops 150 hp and comes with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed auto DSG gearboxes and, in the hatch version, reaches 62 mph in 9.2 seconds.
The petrol-engined new Beetle Dune costs from £21,300, and the diesel version is offered from £23,805.