November 18, 2015: Volkswagen has released pictures of the production version of its Beetle Dune, which is based on the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept. The coupe is expected to go on sale in America in the first quarter of 2016, while the Dune Convertible will arrive in showrooms in the third quarter of the year. At launch the Beetle Dune will be equipped with a 1.8-liter direct injection and turbocharged TSI four-cylinder engine, offering 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
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After a long wait, Volkswagen Beetle is back in the news and this time, the company might surprise car enthusiasts with the changes it brings with this model. As per reports doing rounds over internet, this stunning car is most likely to enter the Indian car market by this year end. Already several units of this model have been imported in the country and this is an indication that it may be launched very soon. Most probably, it will be introduced through the completely built unit (CBU) channel. When launched, it may compete with MINI Cooper, Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione and a few others in this segment. This car might come with a few enhancements in terms of features yet, it sticks to the same classy styling that is reminiscent to the original one. In comparison to the outgoing version, it may be more sportier and muscular. It is said that the car's length is slightly increased, and it will also be lower as well as wider in terms of dimensions. No other details about its exteriors are out now, and we can expect it to carry standard elements. Some of these include a wide air intake section at front surrounded by a couple of fog lamps and the trendy headlight cluster, which is for sure an attraction in its front facade. What's going to dominate its side profile are the flared up wheel arches and a modish set of alloy wheels with tubeless radial tyres.
Looking at its pictures, it can be easily said that the rear end looks sporty and distinctive compared to other vehicles in this segment. There is a sloping roof line and a spoiler is also integrated. As of now, there is no information about what all attributes it may include inside the cabin. But in terms of internal space, we can certainly expect it to be better than before considering the change in its dimensions. The automaker may equip it with high grade materials along with comfortable seats. It may have roomy boot space which makes it ideal for storing a lot of stuff. A smooth dashboard and high end equipments are definitely anticipated. For entertainment, there might be a sophisticated audio unit that supports Bluetooth Connectivity and navigation system as well. Besides these, a few utility based and storage spaces might also be on the offer. When it comes to safety, it may be incorporated with vital aspects like anti-lock braking system, electronic stabilization program, front seat belts with pre-tensioners, child safety locks, central locking system and many more. On the other hand, this upcoming car may be powered by a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine that is currently doing duty in the Jetta sedan. It is likely to be more fuel efficient and generates nearly 120bhp power in combination with 200Nm torque. According to the sources, it will be introduced without diesel engine option and one can expect for it only in coming days.
The bug shape of this hatchback is what makes it unique compared to various other models running in the market today. It has a charisma which has been enhanced over the years with its evolving generations. The curves, bulging wheel arches and “happy face” like front design can make the heads turn at the very first glance itself. It has a retro styling and despite a few changes, it stays true to its original self. This latest version is said to be more muscular and angular compared to its predecessor. Its front facade will have a wide windscreen fitted with intermittent wipers, while the prominent company's insignia is embossed at the tip of its bonnet. The design of bumper and headlight cluster just go well with its overall structure. On the sides, the outside mirrors may have side turn blinkers integrated to it, whereas the pronounced wheel arches might get a stylish set of alloy wheels. Meanwhile, its rear end seems to be more interesting and attractive. It looks more curvy this time, which will only add to its appearance. Trendy tail lamps, expressive boot lid, bumper and a windscreen will be the aspects in its rear end, meanwhile, a sporty spoiler can also be expected.
The reports say that its total length is further increased, while the dimensions of its width and height might also be altered. Its wheelbase may be quite good and this will only indicate better space inside.
This car maker has ensured excellent interior quality and finish in all its models. So, we can expect the same in this soon to be launched vehicle also. High quality plastic material may be used inside the cabin, and there is no idea about its color scheme yet. This hatch might be surely bestowed with well cushioned seats covered with fine leather upholstery. The front seats may come with electrical adjustment functions along with lumbar support as well. These may be integrated with headrests and offer great thigh and back support too. The driver seat may be height adjustable and this makes sure that the driver is always in a comfortable position and has the best view of the road. The cockpit might carry the contemporary design, which will give a rich look to its interiors. The dashboard is anticipated to house more sophisticated elements like a proficient AC unit, music system and a steering wheel, which can also have tilt and telescopic adjustment functions. There might also be sunglass holder, cup and bottle holders, accessory sockets and a few storage spaces on the offer for added convenience.
It is anticipated to come with a number of practical features that may provide enhanced comfort to its occupants. At front, there will certainly be sunvisors that may further include illuminated vanity mirrors. For the best-in car entertainment, it may include an advanced music system that will probably come with a touchscreen display. It will have an MP3, CD player and even support auxiliary input options. It might have all power windows whose switches are placed on the front armrest. A proficient air conditioner may be installed with a dust and pollen filter. Meanwhile, the car enthusiasts can also expect it to have automatic air control. The time and temperature display may be placed just above the interior rear view mirror. The steering wheel may have tilt adjustment function, and there might be heat insulating tinted glasses incorporated. Also, it will have an instrument panel that further aids the driver in giving updates of the vehicle. Besides these, many other features can be anticipated like cabin lights, air vents, high quality speakers, low fuel warning and so on.
This small car is expected to have a roomy internal section. The legroom seems to be quite sufficient, but the space in the rear may not be that good. Even the head room may become problematic especially for tall passengers. Coming to the boot space, it might be good enough to place ample luggage.
The manufacturer might most probably couple its engine with a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission gear box. This will distribute power to its front wheels and even boosts overall performance.
This latest model from the car maker will most likely be powered with a 1.4-litre, petrol engine. This is said to be the same motor which is currently incorporated in the popular Jetta sedan. It might have four cylinders that are further integrated with 16 valves. This mill may come with a turbocharged stratified injection system and could be paired with a seven speed DSG automatic transmission gear box, which distributes power to its front wheels. As per the sources, it might belt out a peak power of 120bhp and at the same time, yield torque output of 200Nm.
Right now, there is no information available about the fuel economy its engine can return on both highways and city roads.
This TSI petrol motor may churn out a peak power of 120bhp and at the same time, it might deliver torque output of 200Nm.
It may be bestowed with an advanced music system that is integrated in the center console. This might include a CD, MP3 player along with a radio tuner. Also, this unit might support USB port, auxiliary input as well as Bluetooth connectivity. High quality speakers can be certainly expected, which give out exceptional sound output. Besides these, one can even expect to come with Bluetooth connection, navigation system and a few other functions. On the other hand, the firm may also allow its owners to opt for accessories based on their requirements.
When it comes to braking, its front wheels might be fitted with ventilated discs, whereas the rear ones might have solid disc brakes. This might also come with anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. It will not only improve braking mechanism but also prevents the vehicle from skidding. Meanwhile, it is anticipated to have a proficient suspension system that helps in maintaining its stability at all times and ensures a jerk free ride. Besides these, it will have a power assisted steering column with tilt adjustment function. This may give precise response and even supports its minimum turning radius.
This stunning machine may come packed with various significant aspects that will add to its security quotient. The buyers can expect it to have airbags, engine immobilizer, anti lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution, and child safety locks. In addition to all these, it might also include rear parking sensors, seat belts with pretensioners and force limiters, central locking system, seat belt warning, door ajar lamp, day and night inside rear view mirror, side impact beams, traction control and a few other such aspects that improves the level of passenger protection.
The exact size of its wheels are not revealed yet. But looking at its pictures, it can be easily said that its wheel arches will be equipped with a new set of alloy rims. These will further come covered with radial tubeless tyres that may give an enhanced grip and traction on all kinds of roads. Moreover, a spare wheel might also be on the offer, which comes to use in case of a flat tyre.
1. Its exterior design looks quite appealing.
2. Luxurious interiors with comfortable seating arrangement.
1. Price tag seems to be its major disadvantage.
2. Rear cabin space might have to be enhanced further.