Golf’s Down Under return
After a generation on the sidelines, the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet will return to the front-line in Australia before the end of the year.
The new four-seater soft-top will be unveiled this week in Europe and is likely to appear Down Under next spring.
It will be sold here alongside the hard-top EOS convertible, although there is still no news on a plan to expand the Volkswagen sporty group with the two-door Scirocco coupe. Volkswagen benched the Cabriolet while it concentrated on the EOS but the company now says there is customer demand for a pair of open-top contenders from the company.
The EOS is also set for a tweak this year, including a new ‘‘family’’ look at the front.
‘‘There is definitely space for both cars. It’s a different sort of car for different buyers. It’s a different positioning between the hard-top and the soft- top,’’ said Volkswagen Australia spokesman Karl Gehling.
‘‘There was a European update of the EOS, adopting the new family face and we’ll see that around the middle of this car. It will be prior to the Cabriolet arriving.’’
The new Cabriolet is based on the sixth-generation Golf and, although it is slightly smaller overall than the EOS, it still has adequate interior space for four passengers, with a workable boot.
The roof is an electric soft-top design, to save space and cut weight. It can be raised or lowered in just 9.5 seconds, even when the car is being driven at up to 30km/h.
Noise suppression work includes a two-layer top and special door and window seals. On the safety front, the droptop has active rollover protection in addition to ESP stability control, ABS brakes and an airbag package that includes the driver’s knees.