Volkswagen Eos updated model debut
19th November, 2010
The new Volkswagen Eos will make its world debut at the Los
Angeles Motor Show (19th to 28th November). The internationally successful cabriolet coupé has been technically
perfected, visually updated - front and rear - and refined with numerous new features. There was a good reason
for choosing California as the location for its motor show debut: America is the sales region with the highest
volume for the four-seater. Volkswagen of America will take the new Eos to the streets at the end of March; in
Europe – the second strongest sales region for the Eos – market launch is scheduled for mid-January.
Individual engines for America and Europe
In America, the Eos is being offered as a 147 kW (200 PS) 2.0-litre TSI with a 6-speed DSG. In Europe, three
direct-injection turbo petrol engines (TSI) and one direct-injection turbodiesel (TDI) will be available. Power
levels of the efficient TSI engines range from 90 kW (122 PS) to 155 kW (210 PS), while the common rail TDI
develops 103 kW (140 PS). Clearly demonstrating just how fuel efficient the new cabriolet coupé has become is
the Eos 2.0-litre TDI with BlueMotion Technology and 103 kW (140 PS); it consumes just 4.8 l/100 km. The use of
BlueMotion Technology (including Stop/Start system and brake energy recovery) has reduced fuel consumption by
0.7 l/100 km.
New design adds increased elegance and sporting style
Front section: The appearance of the new Eos follows Volkswagen’s "design DNA" that is marked by clearly
structured, horizontal lines. Extending between the new headlights now is a radiator grille protector
consisting of three shiny black struts, each trimmed with a narrow chrome strip. The main headlights can be
ordered in halogen (H7) or optional bi-xenon format. Within the housings of the bi-xenon headlamps, 14 LEDs
form the daytime running light. A new optional extra for both types of headlight is the Light Assist main beam
assistant. When turned on, it takes over the function of switching between dipped and main beam, automatically
adapting this to the traffic conditions. Providing increased safety as standard on all models, meanwhile, are
fog lamps that now feature integrated cornering lights.
Side and rear design: The Eos side profile benefits from a new range of alloy wheels. The Eos is supplied
as standard with 16-inch "Barcelona" alloys and type 215 tyres. Other 16-inch, 17-inch and 18-inch sets of
wheels are available as options. The 16-inch winter wheels with full wheel covers have been carried over from
the previous model.
The Eos can be recognised from behind by its reworked, two-part LED rear lights and rear bumper, which, in
keeping with the front one, has also been redesigned. A striking feature of the technical and visual structure
of the two-part rear lights (worked into the boot and guard) is a stylised M that incorporates the LEDs for
the tail and brake lights.
The interior of the Eos has new trim on the dashboard and doors, with "Matt Chrome" details applied as
standard. The Ambience Pack has also been reconfigured. When this pack is ordered, the Eos’s interior fittings
include decorative "Black Peak" elements (dark aluminium accents with chrome edging). As an alternative, the
Ambience Pack is also available, as previously, with elegant "Walnut Root" or "Poplar Grain" trim. The window
buttons and light switches are now also always framed in chrome.
Cool leather for hot days: New fabrics (in "Wave" design) add an elegant touch to the standard seats (sport
seats in the 103 kW (140 PS) model and above). Meanwhile, the new "Nappa" leather in "cool leather" form is
both practical and exclusive. The name says it all: the "cool leather" reflects the sun’s rays, heating up much
less than standard leather and making it an ideal material for an open-top car. Also new in the interior is the
design of the DSG gear shift gaiter and lever.
In technical terms, numerous new details distinguish the 2011 Eos. These include the "Premium" multifunction
display with colour screen, the previously mentioned Light Assist main beam control system and second generation
Park Assist complete with Park Pilot (assisted parallel and adjacent parking). Also new on the 2011 Eos is the
Keyless Access lock and ignition system. The ignition is started here by pushing the convenient "Press & Drive"
button, which replaces the ignition key slot.
Opening and closing the roof by remote control: On a car fitted with Keyless Access, the CSC roof can be
opened and closed by wireless remote control – a new feature on the Eos range.
The car’s combined cabriolet (fold-away), sliding and coupé roof is an extremely well developed system. A
standard component of the five-part roof unit is a sliding panoramic sunroof that bathes the interior of the
Eos in light even in poor weather. The fully opening CSC roof converts the Eos from coupé to cabriolet or vice
versa in just 25 seconds.
Four powerful and fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines
1.4 TSI with 90 kW: In Europe, the Eos is powered as standard by a 90 kW (122 PS) 1.4-litre TSI engine
(max. torque 200 Newton metres from 1,500 rpm). This turbocharged direct injection petrol engine allows a
top speed of 198 km/h. Combined fuel consumption: 6.6 l/100 km (equivalent to 152 g/km CO2). In this
engine configuration the Eos can also be ordered with BlueMotion Technology. Fuel consumption is then
reduced to 6.2 l/100 km (144 g/km CO2).
1.4 TSI with 118 kW: For the next level of engine power Volkswagen uses a 1.4-litre TSI with twincharger
(turbo and compressor). It delivers 118 kW (160 PS). The top speed of the Eos 1.4-litre TSI with this power
output is 217 km/h. The high-torque twincharger (240 Newton metres from 1,500 rpm) enables comfortable
cruising at low revs. Combined fuel consumption: 6.8 l/100 km (157 g/km CO2).
2.0 TSI with 147 kW and 155 kW: The most powerful petrol engine available for the new Eos is the
2.0-litre TSI. In the USA it produces 147 kW (200 PS), while in Europe it will deliver 155 kW (210 PS). The
European version of this turbocharged direct injection engine develops a maximum torque of 280 Newton-metres
from 1,700 rpm. Top speed: 238 km/h. Combined fuel consumption: 7.1 litres (165 g/km CO2). In Europe,
Volkswagen will offer the dual clutch gearbox (DSG) on the Eos 2.0-litre TSI as an option. The DSG version
achieves a top speed of 236 km/h and consumes 7.5 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (174 g/km CO2). The
2.0-litre TSI of the American Eos - with standard DSG - develops an identical maximum torque of 280 Newton
metres or 207 foot pounds from 1,800 rpm..
2.0 TDI with 103 kW: The Eos 2.0-litre TDI (103 kW/140 PS) is extremely fuel-efficient. At 5.2 l/100 km
(138 g/km CO2), the four-cylinder engine, delivering 320 Newton-metres of torque, consumes 0.3 litres less
fuel than the previous model. This engine can also be ordered with BlueMotion Technology (BMT)
modifications. In this case, fuel consumption is reduced to 4.8 l/100 km (125 g/km CO2), which represents a
0.7 litre improvement compared to the previous model. Both versions reach a top speed of 207 km/h. The
2.0-litre TDI and 2.0-litre TDI BMT are also both available with a six-speed DSG transmission. The standard
version then consumes 5.7 l/100 km (149 g/km CO2) and the BlueMotion Technology model 5.3 l/100 km (139
g/km CO2). These fuel consumption figures make the new Eos one of the most fuel-efficient cabriolets in the