Volkswagen's Beetle Dune might be a throwback to the Baja Bug, but it'll be far more sensible on the road since it's still a passenger car underneath.

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The Beetle Dune features a 0.6-inch wider track and a 0.4-inch higher ground clearance.

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The Dune features matte-black elements all around the exterior, as well as polished aluminum side sills.

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The front and rear features aluminum skid plates, and both bumpers have been upgraded for a slightly more aggressive appearance.

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The Beetle Dune will be available in both coupe and convertible variants, with the coupe arriving in the first quarter of 2016 and the convertible following in the third quarter.

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If you opt for the Sandstorm Yellow paint job, you'll get color-keyed dashboard and upper door-panel trim. Stick with black or white paint, and the interior will be all black.

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Standard technology on the Beetle Dune includes a 6.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, USB ports and a backup camera.

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The interior isn't much different from the standard Beetle, aside from the Dune's unique contrasting stitching that appears on the shift boot, the seats and the leather-wrapped steering wheel.

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The Dune's drivetrain is the same as the standard Beetle's -- a 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.7

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Both manual and automatic transmissions are available, each with six forward speeds.

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The first of two available packages is the Lighting Package, which gives the car bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights and LED license-plate lights.

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The second available package is the Technology Package, which includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a Fender-branded audio system, keyless access and a sunroof (for the coupe variant).

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Volkswagen has not yet talked about availability in markets outside the US. It's mum on pricing info, as well.

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