The next-generation Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet has been snapped by our spy photographers with its fabric roof both up and down and wearing minimal camouflage.

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Caught in silver, red, and black, the new Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet test cars have some minor detail-hiding stickers over the headlights and tail-lights and fake stuck-on turn signals on the bumpers.

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While the Cabriolet will follow sometime after the early 2013 Australian launch of the new hardtop Beetle, the fixed-roof version of the iconic Volkswagen Bug has already made its way into UK showrooms with a line-up of both petrol and diesel engines, ranging up to a 147kW turbocharged 2.0-litre TSI, also expected to power the Cabriolet.

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The motors will all have a focus on efficiency and be available with both six-speed manual transmissions and dual-clutch DSG automatic gearboxes.

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