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VW Beetle Dune wants to dabble in off-roading

VW has announced the Beetle Dune is going into production, meaning you will soon be able to tear up the beach like it was the 1970s.

The VW Beetle Dune – first seen in concept form at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show – will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Motor Show. That includes its rugged looks and a slightly raised height of 10mm to improve ground clearance and make it more off-roadey.

Inspiration has been drawn from 70s dune buggies. A more prominent stance has been created by adding accentuated side sills, widening of the body by 14mm via black plastic cladding within the wheelhouses and the use of 18-inch black alloys and chunkier tyres more suited to going off-road.

At the front is a a large central air grille with honeycomb mesh, while the back features new LED rear lights and a dune badge.

It will be offered in coupe and cabriolet versions, powered by a choice of three petrol and two turbo diesels ranging from 103bhp to 218bhp ─ all carried over from the standard Beetle. That also means it will be front-wheel drive only so no 4×4 shenanigans.

As for the interior, it has stitching and trim that matches the exterior colour in addition to a spot of infotainment system luxury and four seats. Meanwhile two new paintjobs ─ Dark Bronze metallic and Sandstorm Yellow metallic ─ will help you stand out.

The VW Beetle Dune will go on sale in early 2016 for an undisclosed price. Expect a premium on the standard £16,275 hatchback.

Update: VW announced the European price will be €23,625 for the coupe and €27,800 for the cabriolet. UK prices are still unannounced.

VW Beetle Dune Coupe and Convertible pictures

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