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Volkswagen is continuing a tradition with the Golf Cabriolet that has seen the past three models – produced between 1979 and 2002 – sell more than 680,000 cabriolet models.
Missing from the new Golf Cabriolet is a roll bar. For 2011, the function of the roll bar is performed by an extremely fast rollover protection system that deploys in fractions of a second. Front and side curtain head/thorax airbags, a knee airbag on the driver’s side and ESP are also standard. The styling of the Golf Cabriolet matches the hardtop, three-door counterpart, but with a new rear section, lower roof line and more swept-back windscreen frame. With the top up, the compact styling around the ‘virtual’ C-pillars and trunk reflect the character of the previous model and transfer it to the current day. The cabriolet interior follows the styling and material quality of the hardtop Golf. It will be available with nine exterior colors, nine seat upholstery styles and colors, as well as 50 individual options.
The base vehicle offers smoked LED rear lights, 16-inch wheels with 205-section tires and chrome trim on the radiator grille. Standard features include a fully automatic soft top, air conditioning, Easy Entry function of the height-adjustable front comfort seats, electric windows all-around and interior accents in "Matt Chrome."
The car is offered in Europe with six turbo direct-injection engines, spanning a power range from 105hp to 210hp. Also available is the dual clutch transmission (DSG), which is available with four of the engines.
Energy-saving BlueMotion Technologies (battery regeneration and Stop/Start systems) will be available on one of the petrol engines (TSI) and on both diesels (TDI).
Debuting over the course of 2011 will be a 1.2 TSI 105hp (6-speed) engine, 1.4 TSI 122hp (6-speed/7-speed DSG), 1.4 TSI 160hp (6-speed/7-speed DSG), 2.0 TSI 210hp (6-speed DSG), 1.6 TDI 105hp (5-speed), 2.0 TDI 140hp (6-speed/6-speed DSG).
All of the Golf Cabriolet’s engines power the front wheels. It uses the conventional MacPherson-type strut suspension with a front anti-roll bar. In the rear, it has an innovative multi-link rear suspension.