2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Release Date
It’s been more than a year since the Volkswagen Beetle Dune was presented as a concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and fans have yet to see it go into production. It looks like our wait will soon be over as we now believe the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Release Date is close at hand.
What do we know about the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune?
Production on this off-road version of the iconic Volkswagen model is expected to start in early 2016, though there’s no indication that the standard version is being replaced. The concept for the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune is based on the Beetle R-Line, meaning drivers should expect a sportier look and feel. In order to accommodate an off-road driving ability, the ground clearance has been raised two inches and is is about an inch wider and two inches longer. The front and rear have also been redesigned to more closely match the look of a crossover, which means the inclusion of a chrome-plated skid plate, extended wheel arches, the larger 19” alloy wheels and aluminum rocker guards.
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2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Engine Specs
To give the 2016 VW Beetle Dune more oomph when off-roading, a more powerful 2.0L TFSI engine will offer 210 horsepower and 207 foot-pounds of torque. This is similar to what’s available in the R-Line, but impressive compared to the base model of the 2015 Beetle, which has a 1.8T engine and only gets 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a 6-speed DSG automatic and comes in front-wheel drive. Acceleration has been timed at 0-62 in 7.3 seconds and the fuel economy is an EPA estimated 23 city/20 highway mpg rating.
The interior of the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune has also been stylized to appear more rugged and sportier to appeal to the off-road aesthetic. It will also be available in hatchback or cabriolet trim styles, giving Volkswagen fans the variety of options they are accustomed to from the German automaker. The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle price is estimated to start at around $27,000, which is similar to the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line.
For those who can’t wait to get the feel behind the wheel, come schedule a test drive of the R-Line or stop by Volkswagen Springfield today.