By on November 17, 2015


Volkswagen announced Tuesday, one day before the opening of the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, that it will sell two new special editions of the Beetle that harken back to previous specials offered up by the automaker.

The Beetle Dune is as close as you can get to a Murano CC without getting all-wheel drive or a Land Rover Evoque. The jacked-up Beetle will wear unique body cladding and Dune stickers that are in no way a nod to the Frank Herbert novels of yesteryear.


Powering Dune through a sci-fi universe during its morning commute will be the same 1.8-liter TSI available in other Beetles. There’s no mention of a diesel, obviously. Available as either a coupe or convertible, Dune will be shod with 18-inch Canyon aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in 235/45 all-season rubber, further proving this is a special edition that’s all fashion and definitely isn’t the buggy your father converted into a sand rail. However, it does get a 0.4-inch lift and a 0.8-inch wider track, so there’s that, I guess.


The other special edition Volkswagen looks to bring to production is a redux of their Beetle Jeans model, this time called Beetle Denim, which will sport multiple surfaces covered in only the finest mom jeans and totally explains the high beltline.

It, too, will be powered by the same 1.8-liter TSI engine, though the Demin model will only be available as a convertible.

Dune Coupe and Demin Convertible will be available this spring, with the Dune Convertible following later in the year.

Get the latest TTAC e-Newsletter!


25 Comments on “LA 2015: 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Isn’t Your Dad’s Buggy...”

Back to TopLeave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Recent Comments

  • Corey Lewis: Thanks! Just had to find the right one for me. The black interior restriction was a serious issue.
  • 28-Cars-Later: “effectively means electrification kills jobs” This is an interesting point. “were...
  • Blackcloud_9: Good one, Dave. Corey, Congrats on your purchase. I’m sure you’ll be very happy with it. I...
  • JMII: I bought my 2014 C7 Z51 3LT Corvette in NJ and drove it home to FL last summer. Total was 1,207 miles in 2...
  • JimZ: “He has two master degrees in engineering” no he does not. he has undergrad degrees in Economics...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote


  • Contributors

  • Timothy Cain, Canada
  • Matthew Guy, Canada
  • Ronnie Schreiber, United States
  • Bozi Tatarevic, United States
  • Chris Tonn, United States
  • Corey Lewis, United States
  • Mark Baruth, United States
  • Moderators

  • Adam Tonge, United States
  • Corey Lewis, United States