Volkswagen Golf Cabrio Coming to America, Company Was Considering Passat Convertible

2016 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 1 photo
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Do you want a small convertible with front-wheel-drive? Well, there must be something wrong with you, but Volkswagen is only too glad to take your money. The Eos chapter has closed, but another could open within a few years, when the Golf Cabrio makes a return to the American car market. Woop Dee Doo!
According to a recent report from Car & Driver magazine, Volkswagen will offer a rag-top version of the Golf. However, while the Eos is being mothballed right now, its successor won't be ready until much later.

Interestingly, the same report suggests VW was considering a 2-door, roofless version of the Passat. The idea seems as controversial as the Evoque Cabrio. Thankfully, they've scrapped it in favor of something with a bit more heritage.

We think the information has been leaked intentionally by a company official looking to drum up interest in Volkswagen USA's future lineup. A 2016 Passat launch press event is currently taking place in Vermont, and you know how journalists and PR people like to snuggle up together next to a cup of hot cocoa.

The new Golf Cabrio will be based on the MQB platform, suggesting that it will take several more years to develop. Volkswagen could decide to launch it after the mid-life facelift for the Golf 7, rumored to take place in 2016, or together with a brand new generation around 2018.

We'll remind you that the Golf Cabrio made a comeback after a long hiatus back in 2011. While several upgrades have been made over the years, it's still relatively heavy, being underpinned by the PQ35 platform (shared with Jetta and Audi Q3).

C&D's report seems a little fishy, considering Volkswagen's new CEO announced all projects that aren't necessary would be delayed or canceled. There's also a mistake, in that they state the current model (pictured above) is "still based on the Mk VII." There might be a few shared components, but for the most part, these Golfs are unrelated in our opinion.

Reports about the 8th generation of the Golf compact have been getting weirder by the week. German media has hinted at everything from a Golf SUV sitting below the Tiguan to a Golf Targa model.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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