The dune buggy is back

The Beetle Dune, which we thought was a once-off concept, has actually been given the go-ahead for production.

The current Bug doesn’t seem to be selling so well, so perhaps VW is hoping the current crossover trend might boost sales.

The Beetle Dune pays tribute to the famous Baja Bugs who found favour with customers on the west coast of America.

The modern dune buggy sits 10mm higher off the ground than the standard car and comes with its own unique design elements and a cool set of 18-inch “Mythos” alloy wheels.

It will be available as a coupe or cabriolet, but no all-wheel drive model is available.

The Beetle Dune is powered by a choice of two engines. The 1.2-litre petrol TSI engine develops 77kW and is available with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox.

The 2.0-litre TDI develops 110kW and comes with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed auto DSG gearboxes and, in the hatch version, reaches 100km/h in 9.2 seconds.

The Beetle Dune has not been confirmed for SA and it’s highly unlikely that it will be.