The 2011 Geneva Motor Show will be the place where many well-known automakers will be debuting new models to the public. The show will also mark the return of the Cabriolet nameplate to the Golf range after being out of sight for a decade. The all-new 2012 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is based on the underpinnings of the latest generation Golf hatchback and is expected to be a two-door four-seater.
It also features a soft top with an electro-hydraulic drive that can be raised and lowered in just 9.5 seconds, even while driving at speeds of up to 19 mph. Previous Cabriolets featured a fixed central roll bar, while the new one gets a pop-up rollover protection system similar to what we can see on the sister Audi model, the A3 Convertible. In Europe, the Cabriolet will draw power from a choice of six turbocharged direct-injection engines with outputs ranging from 105-hp to 210-hp. This includes four gasoline and two diesel engines.
The most fuel efficient version of the engines will be the 1.6 TDI with 105-hp and BlueMotion Technology. No word if the new Golf Cabriolet will be offered in North America, but stay tuned for more details when we cover the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.