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Volkswagen hasn’t sold a convertible (or cabriolet) version of the Golf in over a decade, but that’s about to change.
The Golf Convertible is tipped to debut next week at the Geneva Auto Show, alongside several concepts from the German automaker.
Previous reports had suggested the drop-top model wouldn’t arrive until the next-generation (MK VII) of the Golf, but that now appears to no longer be the case.
Look for more on the car with an official debut planned for Tuesday, March 1st. Until then, check out AutoGuide’s 2011 Geneva Auto Show Preview here.
[Source: Automotive News]
Compared to Volkswagen‘s MkV Golf platform, the current MkVI is really more of a a large update than an all-new model – particularly in North America where some of the more exciting new items found in European models aren’t even offered. That is set to change for the MkVII (seventh-generation) model, however, with AutoExpress reporting an all-new, light weight platform, with design inspiration from the New Compact Coupe (above). The seventh-gen Golf will also spawn numerous models with obvious and obligatory three-door and five-door hatchbacks, as well as a wagon, a cabriolet and a four-door coupe.
As for engines a new line of turbocharged motors is expected, with 1.2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinders in Europe. Turbo 3-cylinders are also planned, with diesels that can achieve as much as 80-mpg. Both hybrid and electric models will also be a part of Volkswagen’s plan. And of course we can expect high-performance GTI, GTD and AWD Golf R models.
With the current MkVI still relatively new on the market, the next generation car isn’t due out until 2012 or at least 2013 in North America.