Volkswagen Beetle takes to the Dune(s)

BY CHARL BOSCH - JUNE 2, 2016

First shown in concept form sixteen years ago as a type of tribute to the iconic Baja Bug, Volkswagen South Africa has officially launched the production version of the SUV-inspired Beetle Dune.

Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year, the Dune rides on the same platform as the current A5 generation Beetle, but with a number of cosmetic changes including a redesigned nose and bumper with integrated diffuser, new headlights with daytime-running LED’s, central air intake with Reflex Silver surrounds and matte black honeycomb grille, black Dune decals at the base of the doors, 18-inch alloy wheels, black running boards, satin silver mirrors and anodised aluminium trim beneath the windows.

Changes at the rear include new LED lights, black boot spoiler, new bumper with integrated diffuser, and revised number plate cavity finished in matte black. Unique to the Dune is the Sandstorm Yellow paint colour along with the two other hues, namely Pure White and Reflex Silver.

In keeping with its boutique feel, the Dune’s interior features a number of personalisation options with the most notable being the Sandstorm Yellow finish on the dash and door panels, the later can be switched to one of the other colours, auxiliary dials on top of the dash, contrasting yellow stitching on the seats, special Dune badging on the steering wheel, and faux brushed aluminium inserts.

Standard spec has also gone a notch with the Dune boasting auto on/off lights, rain sense wipers, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, Hill Hold Assist and five-inch Composition Colour touchscreen infotainment display with Bluetooth, Aux, USB and SD card slot.

Available as an option, the Dune can be specified with Vienna leather seats, bi-xenon headlights and a 6.5-inch Composition Media and Discover display incorporating satellite navigation and a Fender developed eight-speaker sound system with light rings around the door-mounted speakers, 10-channel amplifier and dual sub-woofers in the boot and in the rear side panels.

Up front, the Dune remains unchanged from the standard Beetle Sport, with motivation coming from a 1.4 TSI engine that makes 110 kW and 250 N.m of torque. A seven-speed DSG is the sole transmission offered with Volkswagen claiming a combined fuel consumption figure of 5.5 L/100 km.

As with the standard Beetle, a three year / 120 000 km warranty and five year / 60 000 km service plan is included in the Dune’s R416 700 sticker price.

 

PRICING

MODEL POWER PRICE
Beetle 1.2 TSI Design 77 kW / 175 N.m R312 400
Beetle 1.2 TSI Club  77 kW / 175 N.m R318 150
Beetle 1.4 TSI Sport 110 kW / 250 N.m R383 600
Beetle 1.4 TSI Sport DSG 110 kW / 250 N.m R399 600
Beetle 1.4 TSI Dune DSG 110 kW / 250 N.m R416 700