C&D snapped some pics of a prototype undergoing warm weather testing with what looks to be a camouflaged roll-bar right where the current one is. However remain cautiously (very) optimistic that this is actually hiding a pop-up system underneath or that one will be there eventually for production. Here’s an excerpt:

>As with the hardtop, the Cabrio offers little to differentiate it from its predecessor visually, other than slightly increased dimensions. Retained is the vast black fabric top that latches to a small black windshield header. It is expected to offer one of the previous model’s coolest features, the power sliding forward section, as well as one of its worst, the Alaska-sized blind spots.

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