At the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show, Volkswagen brought back to life its Cabrio. Though at first glance the new vehicle looks similar to the VW Eos, the two of them have some differences. Unlike the Eos, the Cabrio features a traditional soft roof, which can be folded in 9.5 seconds. Both convertibles have identical interior dimensions and wheelbase, still the Eos is longer overall. The Cabrio in its turn has a more swept-back angle of its front windscreen frame and a lower profile roof line.
The German automaker states that the soft roof of the new Cabrio may be opened and closed at speeds of up to 19 mph, and that when the roof is closed, this Volkswagen is one of the most quiet convertibles. As for the standard safety features, the reborn convertible is offered with an automatically deploying roll-over bar, side curtain head/thorax airbags, front airbags, a knee airbag on the drivers side and ESP. The LED rear lights similar to those of the GTI come standard as well. The vehicle is powered by a choice of six direct-injection turbocharged engines producing from 105 hp to 210 hp. Four of the TSI petrol engines and a TDI diesel engine are offered with the DSG dual-clutch transmission; at the same time three of the engines come with the energy-saving BlueMotion Technology.