Geneva 2012: VW Golf GTI Cabriolet

* Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet unveiled * First Golf GTI cabriolet for almost 20 years * On sale in September...

Geneva 2012: VW Golf GTI Cabriolet

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet will be revealed at the Geneva motor show, ahead of its on-sale date in the autumn.

The GTI Cabriolet gets sporty makeover similar to that of the Golf GTI hatchback. It includes a red-edged honeycomb grille, a rear diffuser, chrome tailpipes and 17-inch Monza alloys.

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Trims will be revealed in the summer, but the Interlagos cloth interior on the show car suggests the Cabriolet could offer a fabric seating option, compared with the all-leather upholstery in the hatchback.

Interior features include stainless steel pedals, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and handbrake, along with chrome and aluminium detailing.

VW last sold a Golf GTI Cabriolet in the UK in 1993. Final pricing for the new model is expected to be confirmed in July, but we'd expect it to start from around 29,300. First deliveries are expected in September.

Tom Webster