2016 VW Beetle Dune FIRST LOOK
2016 VW Beetle Dune FIRST LOOK by Auto Critic Steve Hammes
Ever wish you could have one of those cool Baja Bugs popularized in Southern California the late 60s? Well, now you can have a modern interpretation with a VW warranty.
This is the new 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune, bringing to life the concept car that debuted in 2014. Offered as both a Coupe and Convertible, the Dune has a .4” raised ride height and .6” wider track. It sits atop specific 18” Canyon wheels with pronounced black wheelarch extensions.
Dune graphics are displayed on both doors. There’s a skid plate at the front while the diffuser acts as a skid plate at the rear, below the large spoiler and LED taillights. An available lighting package adds Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights. The initial powertrain offering is a 1.8-liter turbo-4 producing 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Inside there are sport seats with contrasting orange stitching, available VW Car-net infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an available Technology Package with dual-zone climate control, Fender Premium Audio, push button start and a sunroof.
Besides this awesome Sandstorm Yellow, the Beetle Dune can be painted Pure White or Deep Black.