Volkswagen is mulling over putting the Beetle Dune concept into production. The VW Beetle Dune concept was overlooked by many 2014 Detroit auto show attendees (with Lake Michigan freezing and all), but VW doesn’t want you to forget it exists, releasing new photos of the Baja Buggy reincarnate rolling down the road.
The Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept is at heart a lightly modified Beetle Turbo. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 making 210 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque is left stock, but the Beetle Dune’s suspension is lifted about two inches. Other changes include 19-inch wheels with Michelin all-season rubber, a rear-mounted ski/snowboard rack, and a fake skidplate up front. Rather disappointingly, the Beetle Dune remains front-wheel drive, though if it winds up in production, VW could conceivably offer up an all-wheel-drive version as well.
The Dune’s production chances are looking pretty good, as Volkswagen said in a release, “While it remains a concept car, everything about it is feasible — it is practically a production vehicle.” Even if such a model doesn’t arrive for this version of the Beetle, European bureau chief Georg Kacher reported earlier this month that the next-gen Beetle will have at least four variants, including a potential soft-roader like the Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept.
Offering a jacked-up Beetle makes sense for VW for many reasons. For starters, other manufacturers like Subaru offer lifted versions of their hatchbacks, with the Subaru Impreza and XV Crosstrek being just one example; the Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept would provide an alternative to that model in the marketplace. Volkswagen also has a bit of history in the segment, as quite a few original Beetles were (and still are) converted into off-road-ready Baja Bugs.
So should Volkswagen bring back the Baja Bug? Let us know whether you think the Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept should go into production in the comments below.