Volkswagen is introducing the new generation of its convertible best seller, Golf Cabriolet. It offers all the advantages of four-door Golf – one of the best-selling cars in the world. The previous three generations – produced between 1979 and 2002 – sold over 680,000 units across the world. For some time, it was the world’s most successful cabriolet and the new Golf Cabriolet has the potential to continue this history.
The new Golf Cabriolet’s classic soft top opens fully automatically in just 9.0 seconds and this can be done while driving up to a speed of 30 km/h.
It is a versatile, all year-round cabriolet thanks to its practical traits and the sophisticated design of its soft top.
When the roof top is up, the new Golf Cabriolet is one of the quietest models in its class. Its quiet ride is attributable to the sophisticated design of the fabric roof as well as new window and door seals.
In addition, the Golf Cabriolet offers one of the most spacious interiors in its class. It has a boot space with luggage capacity of 250 litres even with the soft top down. This enables open-top cruising in the Golf Cabriolet with a full load of cargo in the boot. In addition, the folding rear bench seat can split to increase the stowing capacity.
The body of the Golf Cabriolet offers maximum all-round safety thanks to its extremely fast rollover protection system that deploys in milliseconds, a reinforced windscreen frame and numerous other structural modifications (underbody, side panels, sills, back panel, doors). These reinforcements also give the 4.25 metre long, 1.78 metre wide and (top up) 1.42 metre tall Golf Cabriolet extreme torsional rigidity.
Additional standard passive and active safety features include front and side curtain head/thorax airbags, a knee airbag on the driver’s side and ESP.
The Golf Cabriolet has an elegant and extended appearance when the soft top is down. Viewed from the front, the Golf Cabriolet has a sportier image because of the swept-back windscreen. When it is ordered with optional bi-xenon headlights, the daytime running light formed by 15 LEDs is integrated in the dual headlight housing. The bootlid extends low into the bumper and it swings far upward when opened, making it easy to stow suitcases or shopping items.
The Cabriolet follows Golf’s high styling and material quality standards 1:1 in the interior. This results in a level of sophistication that is only offered in significantly more expensive cabriolets. Like the Eos before it, the Golf Cabriolet sets itself apart from many other convertibles in the compact class in one key interior attribute: the windscreen frame is refreshingly short with optimised cabriolet feeling.
The Golf Cabriolet – like the Volkswagen CC and Touareg– is only available in one equipment line that can be customised by various optional features. The standard features include smoked lens LED rear lights, 16-inch wheels with 205 tyres and chrome trim on the radiator grille. Standard interior and functional features include air conditioning, easy entry function of the height-adjustable comfort seats in front, electric windows all around and interior accents in “Matt Chrome.”
The new Golf Cabriolet will be offered in two 1.4 TSI engines, 90kW and 118kW. Both engines will have an option of a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG).
Technology of the bestseller
The Cabriolet utilises the high-end powertrain and chassis systems of the Golf. Therefore, the familiar MacPherson-type strut suspension with performance-optimised anti-roll bars is used in front. In the rear, the new Golf Cabriolet has an innovative multilink rear suspension, which ensures that the ESP system very seldom needs to be activated.
The new Golf Cabriolet will be introduced in South Africa in the first quarter of 2012