COMING TO SA: The Volkswagen Beetle Dune will be available in South Africa with 1.4 TST DSG guise. Image: MotorPress
Cape Town - Volkswagen has revived its Beetle Baja Bug with the launch of its new Dune model - the first crossover Beetle derivative in more than 80 years.
The Dune, debuted at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, has 18" alloys wider and raised body, reviving the characteristics of VW's iconic dune buggies.
Compared to the standard Beetle it has new bumpers, diffusers, black off-road accents, new exterior colours, rear spoiler and redesigned LEDs. Ground clearance has also increased by 14mm compared to other Beetle derivatives to improve all-terrain performance.
It should be noted that this is not an off-road vehicle but more akin to its siblings the Cross Polo and Cross Caddy.
Image gallery: 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune
The Beetle Dune can be ordered in one of three colours - white, silver and yellow.
Tech and features
Interior features of the Beetle Dune include auto headlights, manual lumbar support in front, illuminated make-up mirrors, cruise control, auto dimming rear-view mirror, rain sensor for the windshield wipers, park distance control (front and rear) and hill hold assist. Optional to the new Dune are sport seats with Vienna leather in Titanium Black, and Bi-Xenon headlights with separate LED daytime running lights.
Interior features include auto headlight activation, manual lumbar support in front, illuminated make-up mirrors, cruise control system, automatically dimming rear-view mirror, rain sensor for the windshield wipers, Park Distance control (front and rear) and Hill Hold Assist. Optional features include sport seats with black Vienna leather, Bi-Xenon headlights with separate LED daytime running lights.
The Dune is offered with the standard 5’’ touchscreen radio/CD Composition Colour system but a 6.5" Composition Media and Discover Media with satellite navigation is optional. The standard system has eight loudspeakers and is compatible to play music from a range of devices.
The optional media system comes with a sub-woofer, a 10-channel amplifier with Class A/B output amplifiers and 400 watts of output power.
Models and prices
Volkswagen SA will only bring the 1.4 TSI DSG Dune model to the country to compliment the existing Beetle range.
1.2 TSI 77kW/175Nm Design Manual - R312 400
1.4 TSI 110kW Sport Manual - R383 600
1.4 TSI 110kW/250Nm Sport DSG - R399 600
1.4 TST 110kW/250Nm Dune DSG - R416 700
The new VW Beetle comes standard with a five-year or 60 000km Automotion Maintenance Plan, three-year or 120 000km warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service Intervals are at 15 000km.