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VW new Eos coupé convertible
New fresh air between Golf and Passat

Available from spring 2006 in Europe, then gradually in other markets.

APN,
22nd September 2005.

First, there was the VW concept C study making its debut at the 2005 Geneva motor show, some 18 months ago.

Now comes the real thing: the new Volkswagen Eos convertible coupé, which will hit European showrooms next spring, with prices starting (Germany) from 25,950 Euros, before reaching the other continents later during 2006.

VW's new four-seater comes with a five-section CSC sliding hard top, which enabled the windscreen frame to be kept short and the rear compact.

Developed specifically as a convertible coupé, VW says that the Eos body concept has not been derived from any other model, adding that significant technologies such as the engines (85 kW / 115 PS to 184 kW / 250 PS) and running gear have been adapted from the Passat and the Golf. The Eos is positioned precisely between these two classes.

Positioned between the A (Golf) and B class (Passat).

The five-section CSC structure offers optical and practical advantages.

1- As the windscreen frame (the roof cross member) projects far less into the interior than is the case with other solutions, it does not arrive above the driver and front passenger heads.

2- The shorter windscreen frame makes it easier to get into the Eos when the top is down, as the driver or passenger does not have to manoeuvre his/her head past the frame.

3- The integrated glass/sliding/tilting roof fitted in the Eos (standard with sun blind) lets in light and air.

.Prices start (Germany) from 25,950 Euros.

4- A hard top is always less appealing to vandals than a soft one.

For added safety in critical situations, a roll-over protection system shoots out within a maximum of 0.25 seconds.

Roof mechanism - Eos roof is comprised of steel and glass components.. It is opened and closed from a switch located in the centre console between the front seats, and disappears into the boot within 25 seconds, from the first "clack" to the last "click". As soon as the convertible top switch is actuated, the glass/sliding/tilting roof moves backwards.

At virtually the same time, the entire rear area of the roof, from the C-pillar to the imaginary B-pillar is raised. The glass/sliding/tilting roof slides beneath the rear area of the roof, forming a compact "sandwich".

A hydraulic control system now folds the entire convertible top compartment cover, including the luggage compartment cover, backwards.

Nice proportions, fitting above the Beetle cabrio.

The optional parking assistant system, whose sensors are integrated into the car bumper, scans the area at the rear of the vehicle to detect any obstacles before the roof begins to move. If all is clear, the "sandwich unit" moves backwards; only now are the lateral roof members released from the windscreen frame, moving backwards.

The glass/sliding/tilting roof and the rear area of the roof are lowered completely to the rear; the lateral roof members slide into separate cavities (concealed by flaps) on a level with the rear side windows.

In conjunction with the compact "sandwich unit", the longitudinal roof members’ first moving horizontally backwards and then vertically down results in a very low height when opening and closing the hard top, allowing this transformation to take place even in low garages.

The boot’s luggage compartment cover, which is designed as a hard shell, prevents damage to cargo and the roof .

The EOS is 1.79 metres wide, 4.41 metres long and 1.44 metres high. Compared to length, the width lends a powerful appearance. Its large track width (over 1.55 metres) should contribute towards an agile and safe handling characteristics.

Interior design include familiar details from other VW models.

VW's new coupe/ convertible will open up a new sub-segment and will be positioned precisely between the A (Golf) and B class (Passat). In parallel, the New Beetle convertible, over 126,000 of which have been built and which underwent a facelift in 2005, will further extend its position as successor to the Golf convertible at the centre of the A class.

Engines offer four petrol choices with outputs ranging from 85 kW / 115 PS, 110 kW / 150 PS and 147 kW / 200 PS to 184 kW / 250 PS plus a 103 kW / 140 PS TDI equipped with a diesel particulate filter as standard. Four-cylinder direct injection engines are fitted to provide outputs up to 147 kW, whilst the 184 kW variant derives its power from six cylinders.

Eos new elements include the cockpit and door and side trim panels.

The Eos 2.0 FSI, which offers 110 kW of output, reaches a top speed of 209 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.8 seconds. In the turbocharged version, the Eos 2.0 Turbo-FSI, the top speed climbs to 232 km/h; this Eos reaches a speed of 100 km/h after just 7.8 seconds.

The Eos 3.2 V6 reaches 248 km/h, accomplishing the 0-100 km/h sprint in 7.3 seconds. It  is shifted as standard via the already known double-clutch gearbox DSG, an automated direct-shift gearbox. This will be optionally available for the Eos 2.0 Turbo-FSI (147 kW) and Eos 2.0 TDI (103 kW).

All of the gearboxes fitted in the Eos transmit their power to the front axle via six forwards gears .

Boot volume is 205 litres (as cabriolet) or 380 litres (as coupe).

The interior design is also new. Whilst the functional and operating details (e.g. light, air conditioning, radio systems) are familiar from other models, many Eos elements are new developments, such as the cockpit, the door and side trim panels and the rear seat system.

VW is additionally fitting electrically activated easy-entry seats for the first time: these "remember" the driver's and front passenger's longitudinal seating positions, then return - once the rear passengers have entered or exited the vehicle - at the push of a button.

With the roof open, boot stowage volume is 205 litres; with the roof up, it grows to 380 litres. As standard, a power latching system closes the boot lid the last few millimetres. A through-loading aperture is additionally integrated into the rear bench seat.

The VW Eos will be launched in just one equipment version. Permanent details fitted as standard  (data and equipment apply to the model range available in Germany, and may vary in other countries) will include ESP, safety-optimised front headrests, front airbags and specially developed side head-thorax airbags; 16" alloy wheels (V6: 17"), air conditioning system (Climatic / V6: Climatronic), fog lights, electric window lifters, ambient lighting, leather-covered steering wheel*, gear lever knob* and handbrake lever* plus sports seats* (* = standard as of 103 kW, optional extras for 85 kW).

Options include the Dynaudio sound system with ten-channel amplifier, ten loudspeakers and 600 W output power or bi-xenon headlights with dynamic and static cornering lights.

Recent similar topic: the new Opel Astra TwinTop.

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