What is it?
Nothing helps sell vehicles like a good dollop of nostalgia. It’s the reason the previous-generation Beetle sold more than a million units before being discontinued back in 2010. So it comes as no surprise that VW would delve back into its eclectic history to seek inspiration for a new model of Beetle.
With a toughened-up exterior, the Dune pays homage to the iconic Type 1 Baja Bugs; highly modified machines that were designed to take on long-distance desert races back in the late 1960s. But don’t be fooled into thinking that this 2016 Bug is a hardcore off-roader.
There’s no four-wheel-drive system, VW opting for a front-wheel-drive layout in the interest of weight saving. However, with raised suspension (by 10mm), a wider track, and front and rear wheel arch extensions, the Dune certainly has an air of off-road ruggedness.
Aesthetically, the Dune also receives a plethora of changes including redesigned bumpers, smart LED taillights, a whale tail-esque spoiler and whopping 18in ‘Mythos’ alloy wheels. Combined with the striking optional Sandstorm Yellow paint, the Dune, to these eyes at least, is a cohesive and rather handsome looking package.