The first images of the all-new Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet have been revealed ahead of the car making its public debut at next week's Geneva Motor Show.
The two-door, four-seater, front-engined soft top is the first Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet available since the Mk IV Volkswagen Golf, and builds on the company's heritage for producing popular convertibles which started with the original Volkswagen Beetle cabriolet and still continues today with the Volkswagen Eos. With sales of around 1.42 million units, Volkswagen is one of the world's most successful producers of convertibles.
But the latest Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet marks a whole new era of open-top motoring, boasting an electrically-powered soft top which can be lowered in just 9.5 seconds including on the move at speeds up to around 18 mph, a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines as well as the highest levels of quality, refinement and safety.
Measuring 4,215 mm in length, 1,424 mm in height and 1,779 mm in width, the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is smaller than the Volkswagen Eos. Yet despite being 208 mm shorter than the Volkswagen Eos, the cars share a 2,578 mm wheelbase, resulting in maximum interior space for all four passengers. From the front the new model is unmistakeably a Volkswagen Golf, and adopts the now familiar 'face' incorporating the latest Volkswagen 'design DNA'. The heavily raked windscreen gives it a sportier appearance than the hatchback model, while at the rear, new LED lights and a deep crease in the bootlid endow the new Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet with its own individual style. Inside the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet's appearance matches very closely that of the hatchback, adopting the same high-quality materials and design.
The new Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet will be offered in the UK with a choice of trim levels - S, SE and GT - and all will have a high level of standard specification which is likely to include 16-inch alloy wheels, a fully automatic electro-hydraulically operated soft top, DAB radio and Bluetooth.
As customers would expect from any car in the Golf family, the Cabriolet will be equipped with the highest levels of safety equipment. This will include an active roll-over protection system, ABS, ESP, airbags all round and a driver's knee airbag.
In addition to active safety equipment, protection is built into the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet's design. A reinforced window frame and structural modifications to the underbody, side panels, cross-members and doors endow the new car with an extremely high level of torsional rigidity which benefits safety, comfort and refinement.
Also having a positive impact on noise reduction and refinement is the advanced design of the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet's fabric roof which has an additional exterior skin, as well as new window and door seals. The heated rear windscreen is integrated in the soft top with high frequency welding. When the top is down, the upper side of the leading edge (the segment the directly connects to the windscreen frame) covers the entire top surface of the roof storage box, eliminating the need for a separate cover. This contributes to the very rapid opening time, and means it does not need to descend as deep into the bootspace. Even with the roof down, there is 250 litres of available space.
A choice of six engines will be available: three from launch (a 1.2-litre TSI 105 PS, 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS and a 1.6-litre 105 PS TDI) and a further three later in the year (a 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS, 2.0-litre TSI 210 PS and a 2.0-litre TDI with 140 PS). BlueMotion Technology modifications will be applied to the diesel engines to ensure high efficiency and low emissions.
Volkswagen UK plans to begin taking orders for the new Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet in July 2011, with the first customer orders arriving in September. More details and pricing information will be available closer to launch.
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