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The Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept that debuted earlier this year at the Detroit auto show appears to be inching closer towards becoming a production reality.

The Beetle Dune model showed up as a surprise unveiling at the US show in January, and onlookers were even more surprised when Volkswagen suggested a production version of the car was “a lot more feasible” to build than the original New Beetle Dune concept that debuted in Los Angeles in 2000.

Now the German company has gone as far as to show the concept in motion, while also suggesting that “while it remains a concept car, everything about it is feasible – it is practically a production vehicle”.

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The Beetle Dune rides 50 millimetres higher than the standard Beetle, and wears a set of 19-inch alloy wheels clad in chunky tyres that “lend an all-terrain look”. Its blackened fenders and rear-mounted ski rack further its faux-wheel drive credentials – though the car is actually front-wheel drive only, with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 155kW of power and 280Nm of torque teamed to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Stay tuned for any further news on the Volkswagen Beetle Dune as it comes to hand.

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