New Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Revealed Ahead of Geneva Motor Show Debut

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Volkswagen hasn’t built a true Golf Cabriolet since 2003, but that doesn’t mean the company has abandoned the model. In fact, after an eight-year hiatus, an all-new Golf Cabriolet will debut next week at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

Since it is based upon the Mark 6 Golf, the new Golf Cabriolet largely resembles a two-door Golf with a missing top. Designers did take the opportunity to slightly restyle the front end of the car, blessing it with a tweaked grille, LED daytime running lamps, and a steeper windshield rake. The interior is virtually identical to those used in standard Golf models, although one longtime Cabrio hallmark -- the fixed “basket bar” roll bar -- has been eliminated in favor of a pop-up device.

Unlike VW’s other Golf-based convertible -- the Eos -- the Golf Cabriolet utilizes a traditional folding soft top. According to the automaker, the electro-hydraulic power top can be raised or lowered in just 9.5 seconds, and at speeds up to 18mph.

In Europe, Volkswagen will offer the Golf Cabriolet with a plethora of engines, including a 1.2-liter and a 1.4-liter I-4, along with a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel I-4. The Golf TDI’s 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo-diesel I-4 is also available, but buyers seeking GTI-like performance can always opt for the gasoline 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, which places nearly 210 horsepower on tap.

Production is scheduled to begin in Onsabruck, Germany (ironically, in the former Karmann plant that previously built earlier Golf Cabrios) later this year, but Volkswagen’s plans for the car in North America are still unknown. If the next-generation Beetle continues to be offered in a convertible guise, it may prove hard to squeeze three different drop-tops -- Beetle, Golf, and Eos -- into a single portfolio.

What say you? Should the Golf Cabriolet make the trip across the pond and into Volkswagen’s U.S. showrooms? Sound off in the comments section below.

Source: Volkswagen

Greg
VW has its brain so far up it's derriere they can't see where to go on any of their cars. I have four VW's and guess which on is the best one? One Cabrio 1995, One Jetta 2001, one 1999&1/2 Jetta, one 1998 New Bettle. Well the best engine and car is the is the 1995 Cabrio. Why you ask is the Cabrio is the far better car? The Cabrio engine has the water pump external. All the other VW listed have the worst design VW ever did, the internal in the block water pump what junk. I have had the water pumps on the 2.0 engine fall off into the block as low as 27000 miles. It happens every time on the 2.0 engine internal water pump. I won't even go into the crap mass air flow sensors, the losy wire quality in the later cars, the simplest parts failing to work, glove boxes that the hinge falls apart. The electric window problems, and the unbelievable failure of the rear disc brake calipers dragging parking brake problem. VW has some real dumb engineers, or management some where in the manufacturing chain. The ABS system that always fail because the VW ABS reluctors rust and coats the ABS sensors with rust. Simple things to fix if you were not locked up in the head up the derriere mode that VW is in. I could turn VW around in under a year and double their sales it is simple fix your crap VW. Give us a car that works, take out the auto door lock with speed, and other useless gadgets. Put another gear in the transmissions to get the rpm's down at cruise, put direct injection in all the engines. Wake up VW please wake up. Oh and the new smashed down look on the New Beetle is a flop. WAKE UP VW!
Mark
The Eos V6 3.2 was a sweet car- solid, nicely balanced and never felt like a front driver- sadly it was only offered in the U.S. the first two years after introduction- I say- bring THAT car back to the states-
STEVE
ANYTHING BUT THAT GOD AWFUL 2.5 5CYL THAT ENGINE IS WHY NOBODY WILL BUY A VW IN AMERICA. VW WE DEMAND BETTER ENGINES AND CHOICES! WHY NOT THE 1.4TFSI AS BASE ENGINE? IF YOU WANT TO RULE THAN THIS IS THE WAY! (DITCH THE 2.5 5 CYL)
BradleyA
Very cool. Hope they bring it to the US!
cpr74
Bring back the roll bar. It's just not a Golf Cabrio without it.
Andre
The Golf Cabrio would fit into the American VW lineup if VW used some imagination with its engine choices and trim levels. The Golf Cabrio would make a nice entry-level ragtop with some of the smaller engines offered in Europe and the 200HP engine from the GTI. The Beetle Cabrio could slot into the middle if it was equipped with a more powerful turbo-charged four cylinder that churned out 250 HP or more. The Eos would fill in the top slot with a turbo-charged four cylinder or small V6 good for about 300 HP. That still wouldn't canabalize sales from the Audi TT if the TT came standard in the RS trim.

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