Volkswagen has unveiled its updated Eos at the LA Auto Show.
The VW Eos, a compact convertible with folding hard-top, now features the latest family look and new BlueMotion Technology efficiency improvements.
VW Eos: new family look
Visually the revised Eos now sports a front-end design similar to that found on all the latest Volkswagen models – including the 6th generation Golf, the new Sharan and the new Passat.
This is characterised by bold horizontal lines, which help the car appear both lower and wider.
In practical terms the changes comprise new bumpers, lights, bonnet and grille. The headlights are available with LED daytime running lights for the first time, while the new tail lights are especially reminiscent of the latest Passat.
Drop the top from a distance
The folding roof is much the same as before – a complex, five-piece affair that takes 25 seconds to open or close, and comes complete with an integrated sliding glass sunroof.
However, for the first time the roof can be opened via the keyfob on cars specified with the optional keyless entry package. Boot space remains at 205 litres with the roof stowed, and 380 litres when it is in the raised position.
Hopefully the squeaking roof issues that have caused the Eos some problems since it was introduced 2006 have now finally been resolved.
BlueMotion Technology and cool leather
Other new toys for the new Eos include the option of Park Assist for the first time, ‘cool’ leather, and BlueMotion Technology packages for the diesel engine.
Park Assist enables the Eos to park itself, with the driver taking care of the throttle and the gearchanges between forward and reverse, while the car takes care of the steering. The latest version of Park Assist can get you into (and out of) parallel spaces but also adjacent ones – as more commonly found in supermarkets and car parks.
BlueMotion Technology adds stop-start and brake energy regeneration functions to the Eos. When combined with the 138bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel this results in a claimed 58.8mpg – a 7.4mpg improvement. Other engine choices consist of 120bhp 1.4 and 207bhp 2.0 turbo petrols.
Finally cool leather is a special leather upholstery finish that reflects the sun. This helps reduce seat temperature on sunny days – BMW currently uses it on its convertibles.
Sports seats, eight-speaker stereo and air conditioning are among the other equipment available.
Due March 2010
The revised Volkswagen Eos is due to go on sale this December, but won’t arrive in UK showrooms until March 2011.
Full pricing and specification details will be confirmed next month, just ahead of the order books opening.
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