The latest incarnation of the Volkswagen Eos coupe cabriolet has gone on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Featuring a wide range of technical and visual enhancements, the Volkswagen Eos is set to become a popular choice both in Europe and in its predicted best-selling market, the US. It will go on sale in mainland Europe from mid-January 2011, the UK in early March and the US from the end of March 2011.
The new Volkswagen Eos will be available with a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines. These include a 1.4-litre TSI with 122 or 160 PS, a 2.0-litre TSI unit producing 210 PS as well as a refined 2.0-litre TDI engine delivering 140 PS. BlueMotion Technology variants will also be available featuring Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
As before, the Volkswagen Eos features an advanced five piece folding roof with an integrated tilt sliding glass sunroof. To go from a closed coupe to an open cabriolet - an operation that can now for the first time be undertaken remotely via the key fob if the car is specified with Keyless Entry - takes just 25 seconds while the boot capacity ranges from 205 litres when the roof is down up to 380 litres with the roof closed. Park Assist will also be available for the first time on the Eos, the increasingly popular system which aids both parallel and adjacent parking manoeuvres.
A revised design brings the Volkswagen Eos into line with the latest iteration of Volkswagen's design language as seen applied to the new Polo, Passat and Sharan. Horizontal lines dominate the front of the car with a prominent new grille complete with chrome highlights. A set of new headlight units feature the option of integrated LED daytime running lights to lend the revised Volkswagen Eos an elegant appearance. A modified front bumper with new airdams and fog lights is joined by a reprofiled bonnet. At the back of the car a set of new tail lights, drawing on the look of those fitted to the new Volkswagen Passat, creates a distinctive new appearance.
Inside, new trim finishes enhance the interior of the Volkswagen Eos which is both comfortable and extremely well equipped. Highlights include a leather multifunction steering wheel, air conditioning, a powerful eight-speaker CD stereo system and sports seats.
A further enhancement is the introduction of so-called 'cool leather' as an upholstery option which, ideal for an open-top car, reflects the sun's rays to prevent it heating up as conventional leather would.
Further details will follow later this month when prices and specifications are revealed and UK Volkswagen Retailers begin to take customer orders.Published 17 November 2010