Volkswagen has unveiled the 2016 Beetle Dune ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later today.

Previewed as the Dune concept, the production model draws inspiration from 'Baja Bugs' and features a sporty front fascia with honeycomb grille inserts and a faux aluminum skid plate.  Moving further back, we can see polished aluminum side skirts, black wheel arch extensions and body side graphics.  The model also has a new rear bumper, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and LED taillights.  Other highlights include an increased ride height, a wider track and 18-inch Canyon-style wheels with all-season tires.

Customers can also order a Lighting Package that adds Bi-Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED license plate lighting.

Moving on to the interior, buyers will find a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel and sport seats with orange contrast stitching.  The car also has an MIB II infotainment system with a 6.3-inch display as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.  The model can also be equipped with a Technology Package that adds a Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control system, a Fender premium audio system, a KESSY keyless access system and a tilt-and-slide sunroof.

Power is provided by a 1.8-liter TSI four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 170 bhp (126 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque.  It is connected exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2016 Beetle Dune Coupe will go on sale early next year and it will be followed by a Beetle Dune Convertible.

Gallery: 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune unveiled ahead of LA debut

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