The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune will hit the market this spring following its national premiere at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto this week. You can order one now starting at $26,990.
Taller (+10 mm) and wider (+14 mm) than the regular Beetle, the Dune variant looks more athletic and imposing.
Highlighting the front end’s new look is a bumper featuring a large central air intake that widens towards its bottom edge. A black honeycomb screen with an aluminum-look surround morphs into the front skid plate. On either side of the intake, two black honeycomb vents contain the fog lights.
Polished aluminum sills and black trim strips are reminiscent of the original Beetle running boards. Distinctive 18” Canyon aluminum-alloy wheels, black and silver-coloured side mirrors, and “Dune” graphics on both doors are included. A large rear spoiler, a rear bumper design that integrates matte black and aluminum elements, and a rear diffuser that also acts as a skid plate finish off the look.
The 2016 Beetle Dune will be available in three exterior colours: Sandstorm Yellow, Pure White, or Deep Black Pearl. Sandstorm Yellow cars feature body-coloured upper door trims and dashpads, whereas the Pure White and Deep Black Pearl models have black door and dashpad trim.
Sport seats with contrasting orange stitching, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, a 6.3” Composition Media infotainment system, and a tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof come standard. Furthermore, “App-Connect” technology allows integration with the three major smartphone platforms — Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink — for seamless integration with compatible smartphones.
Under the hood of the 2016 VW Beetle Dune is a 1.8L TSI engine offering 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.