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Modern Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept heading to Detroit

An updated version of the Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept will be unveiled at next week’s North American International Auto Show, using more technology based on the latest edition of the cute icon.

2014 Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept

Volkswagen presented the original Beetle Dune concept back in 2000. It certainly stirred some interest, especially with fans of the original Beetle of the 1950s and ’60s that were converted into dune buggies.

For the latest version Volkswagen is giving it a more modern design while still maintaining the rugged character of the original, with protection plates on the front and side underside, plastic wheel arch moulds, and a set of large alloy wheels with chunky tyres.

Power comes from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing an impressive 154kW. It’s sent through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It’s unknown at this stage if it comes equipped with an all-wheel drive system.

While the concept isn’t set to go into production as is, some sort of showroom model may spawn from it in the future, especially if there is enough interest from the public.

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2000 Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.