As we told you yesterday in this article, Volkswagen unveiled today the all-new 2011 Golf Cabriolet, its first car based on the popular Golf available since the Mk VI model. As expected, the new car is based on the current Golf model and promises to offer you a new era of open-top motoring, which transforms the car into a convertible in just 9.5 seconds at speeds of up to 18 mph.
The new Golf Cabriolet is smaller than the Eos, measuring 4,215 mm in length, 1,424 mm in height and 1,779 mm in width. If you really want one, you have to know that it will be offered with a choice of trim levels – S, SE and GT.
Moreover, the car will have a high level of standard specification which is likely to include 16-inch alloy wheels, a fully automatic electro-hydraulically operated soft top, DAB radio and Bluetooth. Furthermore, the 2011 Golf Cabriolet will be available with the highest levels of safety equipment, such as an active roll-over protection system, ABS, ESP, airbags all round and a driver’s knee airbag.
According to the manufacturer, the vehicle will also offer you a quiet interior, due to the fact that the fabric roof has an additional exterior skin, as well as new window and door seals.
The heated rear windscreen is integrated in the soft top with high frequency welding. Even with the roof down, there is 250 litres of available space.
The 2011 Vw Golf Cabriolet will be available with three engines, when it will be launched this summer: a 1.2-litre TSI 105 PS, 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS and a 1.6-litre 105 PS TDI. Later this year, the car will receive three more engines: a 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS, 2.0-litre TSI 210 PS and a 2.0-litre TDI with 140 PS.
Since 1979 – when Volkswagen introduced the first Golf Cabriolet -- all its generations had featured a roll bar since rollover protection systems that could deploy automatically had yet to be developed. Such systems had their debut by the end of the 1980s, but they were not suitable for vehicles like the Golf Cabriolet.
It was only after more than a decade, in 2003, that a deployable rollover protection was unveiled. This system was first seen on the new Volkswagen New Beetle Cabriolet, and was deployable from behind the rear seats. VW later tweaked this system for the Eos, and now for the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet.
Golf’s rollover protection system deploys upward behind the rear headrests within 0.25 seconds of the car surpassing a certain tilt angle or transverse acceleration. Its two rollover modules include a fixed aluminum profile and a moveable aluminum profile pre-tensioned with a spring.
Their inner profile -- held to rest by a magnetic switch -- is released when a solenoid opens a holding detent as triggered by the airbag controller in responds to an impending rollover.
While the inner profile is being released upward, a support detent chokes a mounted toothed track to prevent the inner profile from dropping downward. Interestingly, this rollover protection system’s deployable modules are now more compact, allowing for a cargo pass-through with a 526 mm width and 381 mm height, including a folding rear seatback.