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It seems taking street cars into off-road territory is all the rage these days, especially at the Volkswagen Group. Audi did it with the Nanuk in Frankfurt, Porsche is showing up at the CABO 1000 in a gnarly 911 and now, Volkswagen is teasing its Beetle Dune concept.
Showing "potential for a new production version of the sportiest Beetle," the Dune concept is raised two inches in ride height and wears a more rugged-looking body treatment.
On the roof, a ski rack holding a pair of skis hints at one potential use of a more go-anywhere Beetle. One thing that's not on the equipment list, however, is all-wheel drive. The Dune is based around the R-Line's running gear, meaning it gets a punchy 210-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission, and front-wheel drive. VW's XDS electronic differential locking system aids traction on the front axle.
While the Dune is far from the first off-road-themed (or capable) Beetle in the model's vaunted history, it's certainly the newest. The question is, however, would you buy one?
You'll be able to answer that question more definitively when the full information and images are revealed next week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.