Previous generations of the Volkswagen Golf Cabrio have always been built by Karmann at the independent vehicle manufacturer’s Osnabruck facility in Germany, however for the next-generation, previewed in these renderings, VW is expected to build the car completely in-house at its plant in Wolfsburg, Germany.

To keep costs low VW will use a conventional folding soft-top but noise and weather insulation should be comparable with the standard hatch. Handling and dynamics, however, will likely be worse because of the extra weight required to keep the chassis rigid.

The engine lineup should mirror that of the hatch, with four new petrol units ranging from 80hp (60kW) to 160hp (118kW), and two diesels developing 110hp (81kW) and 140hp (103kW) respectively. A 240hp (179kW) GTI model should also be available.

VW is currently undergoing a convertible renaissance of sorts, as it’s planning to add not only the new Golf Cabrio but also convertible versions of the Polo, Scirocco, and possibly even the up! minicar as well as an all-new roadster to its lineup.

2009 Mark VI Volkswagen Golf Cabrio

2009 Mark VI Volkswagen Golf