A surprise popped up last month in the form of an ad for the Volkswagen Beetle Dune on our sister classifieds site oto.my, which hinted that the ruggedised version of the Bug could actually make it to our shores very soon. Its recent appearance at various showrooms in Malaysia has pretty much confirmed it, and we’ve got a complete gallery of the car for you to pore over.
The Dune takes over from the discontinued 1.4 TSI and 2.0 TSI models as the range-topping Beetle, slotting above the 1.2 TSI. Contrary to the ad posted, power comes from the 1.4 litre TSI turbo four-cylinder petrol engine from the revised Golf, instead of the 1.8 litre TSI mill from the upcoming B8 Passat.
In this configuration, it produces 150 PS from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 250 Nm between 1,500 and 3,500 rpm, sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. So fitted, the Dune accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 8.8 seconds, and will go all the way to a top speed of 200 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 5.5 litres per 100 km.
Differentiating the Dune from the regular Beetle is a more aggressive front bumper design (as seen on the facelifted Beetle R-Line), side sill finishers, a two-tone rear spoiler, LED tail lights, beefier matte plastic mouldings all the way around and silver front and rear skid plates. Finishing off the look are 18-inch “Canyon” two-tone alloy wheels, side decals with the Dune script as well as a 10 mm higher ride height.
Inside, there’s Dune badging on the steering wheel, along with yellow stitching on the steering wheel, gearlever gaiter and handbrake lever. Our cars will come with “Vienna” leather upholstery, plus xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control, a multifunction steering wheel and a Composition Media infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen.
So, what do you think of the new Volkswagen Beetle Dune – is there room for a tougher-looking Bug in your life? Sound off in the comments section after the jump.