British magazine CAR is reporting Volkswagen will introduce a production version of the Beetle Dune concept in 2016.

British magazine CAR is reporting Volkswagen will introduce a production version of the Beetle Dune concept in 2016.

Volkswagen's board apparently approved in June the Beetle Dune for an early 2016 release as a beefed up version of the regular model. The car's marketing chief Matthias Zauner says the Beetle Dune will be offered as a convertible as well and it is believed the pricing will increase by around 2,800 EUR compared to the equivalent Beetle.

Despite receiving an increased ride height and a beefed up body, the Beetle Dune will remain a two-wheel drive car and the differences compared to the regular Beetle will be "almost exclusively visual" according to Zauner.

Details about the engine lineup are not available at this point but most likely the car will get the Beetle’s higher-end motors. As a reminder, the concept came with a 2.0-liter rated at 210 PS (154 kW) working with a 6-speed dual-clutch DSG.

The Dune will allegedly be the first of many other Beetle spin-offs planned by Volkswagen as part of an entire sub-lineup.

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Volkswagen Beetle Dune on sale early 2016 - report