from spring 2006 in Europe, then gradually
in other markets.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
A hydraulic control system now folds
the entire convertible top compartment cover, including
the luggage compartment cover, backwards.
proportions, fitting above the Beetle
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
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.
design include familiar details from other
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.
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
volume is 205 litres (as cabriolet) or 380
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
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.
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.
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