You may have noticed an emerging trend in the automotive market. Car companies are increasingly exploring the idea of a subcompact crossover suv, as evidenced by concept vehicles like the Audi allroad Shooting Brake and production models such as the Mercedes-Benz GLA250. With the Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept, which debuted at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, VW is looking to get in on the action, and is leveraging its heritage by modeling its take on the segment after classic Baja Bugs.
The greater question, though, is why does the Beetle Dune Concept matter? Without an optional 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, it probably doesn’t. So if Volkswagen is considering bringing something like this to production, it had better offer AWD.