The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is back, having been absent from the Golf range since the “Mk3.5 Cabrio” which was essentially a Mk3 soft top with the Mk4’s appearance. These are the first images of the Golf Cabriolet that will make its public debut at next week’s Geneva show.

Measuring 4,215 mm in length, 1,779 mm in width and 1,424 mm in height the two-door, four-seater Golf Cabriolet is longer than the 4,199 mm 5dr Golf hatchback. It is however 208 mm shorter than the Eos, although both cabrios share the same 2,578 mm wheelbase.

But unlike the folding metal roofed Eos, the Golf Cabrio comes with an electrically-powered soft top. The fabric covering can be lowered in just 9.5 seconds and is operable on the move at speeds of up to 30 km/h. The roof design has an additional exterior skin, as well as new window and door seals to aid refinement and noise levels. The heated rear windscreen is integrated in the soft top with high frequency welding. With the roof down, there is 250 litres of available space, 100 less than the hatch.

Design wise, the Cabrio is unmistakeably Golf from the front but the windscreen is more raked here. A choice of six engines will be available: three from launch (1.2 TSI 105 PS, 1.4 TSI 160 PS, 1.6 TDI 105 PS) and another three on the way (1.4 TSI 122 PS, 2.0 TSI 210 PS and a 2.0 TDI 140 PS). BlueMotion Technology mods will be applied to the diesel engines.

Hi res gallery after the jump.

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