The Baja Bugs were developed in Southern California in the 1960. They were basically Volkswagen Beetle's modified to go off-road. VW has decided that the time is right to bring out a factory version of the Baja Bug or at least something of a spiritual successor in the form of the Beetle Dune ahead of the LA Motor Show.
The Volkswagen Beetle Dune was first unveiled as a concept at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show. However, unlike the Baja Beetles, the Beetle Dune isn't meant to go off-road as the changes are mostly cosmetic.
Styling changes include a reworked front bumper, which features a plastic kick plate, as well as revised indicator units and fog lamps set within black plastic cladding. The rear features a spoiler mounted below the rear window which looks somewhat like one of those duck-tail units found on old porsche while the bumper also has a silver plastic kick plate, just like the one up front. The sides have prominent Dune decals on the bottom of the doors
Volkswagen has also increased the front and rear tracks by 6mm and 7mm respectively. The ride height 10mm higher than the one on the standard Beetle.
Underneath the changed body panels, the Dune has the same engine and transmission options as the normal Beetle.
Prices for the Beetle Dune have not yet been released by Volkswagen.