6th May, 2006
The first convertible-coupe with integrated sliding/tilting glassroof
After more than one million VW convertibles - Beetle, Karmann Ghia, Golf
and New Beetle series - the new Eos takes off to a flying start this month in Germany.
The four-seater is equipped with a five piece convertible, sliding and coupe
The hard top folds tightly together providing a powerful design
- A friendly panorama: The CSC-roof opens or closes
completely within 25 seconds and offers technical as well as visual finesse.
Firstly: the front section is held in a transparent glass look and can be used
as a panorama sun roof opening it either completely or tilting it upwards by 35
millimeters. Even in the closed mode the roof provides a bright, friendly and
fresh atmosphere in the interior. Secondly: thanks to the wide CSC-roof span it
was possible to design a short windscreen frame. This provides a pure
convertible feeling. Thirdly: another benefit is that the proportions are
streamlined, the roof line is elongated, the rear is muscular and the overall
impression is one of high quality.
- One VW, two segments: The clientele addressed by the Eos is
comparatively large because the convertible-coupe is positioned between the European
A and B class market segments. Example A-class (Golf-class): the Eos recommends itself
as a vehicle with the overall impression of the higher quality B-class. In addition
the Eos stands out from many of its competitors in the A-segment because of the
higher end performance spectrum of the engines and high-end technologies such as
the automatic DSG double clutch transmission, a Dynaudio sound system and of
course the new CSC-roof. Example B-class (Passat-class): Even though the Eos is
a little shorter than its competitors it offers a comparatively spacious and in
any case comfortable interior. To put it differently: this Volkswagen
transcends class borders.
New designs throughout
- CSC-Design: When closed, the CSC-roof curves in an arc
between the rear and the windscreen. This provides an outstanding coupe roof,
elegant and sporty. With the roof open, it is obvious
that the Eos was specifically designed as a convertible-coupe and that its
bodywork design was not derived from an existing model. Due to the CSC-roof it
was possible to keep the windscreen frame short and the rear compact.
Consequence: clear cut proportions in the style of classic convertibles. Not
even one antenna disturbs its appearance. Background: the developers built each
antenna into the boot lid made of high rigidity synthetic.
- CSC characteristics: The five-section CSC structure offers
not only visual, but also practical advantages. Firstly, the pure convertible-feeling.
Since the windscreen frame projects out into the interior to a far lesser degree than
many similar vehicles there is nothing but the sky above the driver and front
passenger. Secondly: optimal entry and exit. The reduced width of the wind
screen frame makes it easier to get into the open Eos, since it is not necessary
to manoeuvre around the frame. Thirdly: the integrated CSC-roof of the Eos
captures light, air and a good mood. The complete opening and closing of the
roof systems happens very quickly - from the first ‘click’ to the last ‘click’
it only takes around 25 seconds. Once everything is covered, the system confirms
the completion of the action by sounding a signal. In addition the CSC-roof
offers the general advantages of an unlimited all-year-round suitability as well
as lower driving noise levels when closed. The hard shell also makes life harder
for vandals and thieves.
Very wide and powerful
- Dimensions: The convertible-coupe is 1.79 metres wide,
4.41 metres long and 1.44 metres high. In their relationship to each other these
dimensions affect the dynamics of the Eos: due to the relatively broad width in
comparison with the length and height, the Eos sits powerfully on its wheels.
The considerable track width (more than 1.55 metres) doesn’t just look good; it
rather adds to the agility and road handling. The result is a fun driving
experience, whether the top is up or down.
Five engines with a performance spectrum
- Engines:The Eos is available in Germany with four petrol engines
(performance spectrum 85 kW, 110 kW, 147 kW and 184 kW as well as a 103 kW strong TDI
with standard diesel particulate filter. For engines up to 147 kW a four cylinder
direct injection system is used. The 184-kW option gets its power from six cylinders;
gear changes are made via the DSG double clutch transmission.
- Interior: The interior was also newly designed. While the
details for function and use (e.g. lights, air conditioning; radio systems) are
familiar from other models, many of the Eos elements were newly developed. These
include the cockpit, door and side cover as well as the rear seats and an air
conditioning automatic specifically designed for a convertible. For the first
time Volkswagen optionally features electrically activated easy-entry-seats:
they ‘remember’ the driver’s and front passenger’s longitudinal seating position
and return to it – just by pushing a button - after the rear passengers are in or
out. A lordosis support is also integrated into this electric
12-way seat adjustment system.
- Boot: With an open roof the available space is 205 litres,
when closed the volume increases to 380 litres. For the last few millimeters the
lid of the boot closes via a power latching system as a standard feature. In
addition there is a service hatch which is integrated into the rear seat bench.
Comprehensive standard equipment / Eos Individual
- Equipment: The Eos reaches the German market exclusively equipped
with high quality components. The standard equipment that is always present:
ESP, maximum safety head restraints in the front, front airbags and specially
developed head-thorax airbags; 16" alloy rims (V6: 17"), air conditioning
(Climatic/V6: Climatronic)), fog lights, power windows, leather steering
wheel*, leather lever knob* and leather hand brake handle* as well as sport
seats* (* = standard starting from 103 kW, customised for 85 kW). It goes
without saying that a retractable roll bar system is pushed out in a maximum of
0.25 second in a critical driving situation providing extra safety. There are
optional innovative features available for the Eos, such as a Dynaudio sound
system with a 10 channel amplifier, 10 loud speakers and 600 Watt output or
bi-xenon head lights with a dynamic curve light and a static turning light.
Among other things, Volkswagen Individual also developed a particularly noble
and elegant Eos with two colour leather equipment, 18" inch alloy rims and a dark
All the data and descriptions included in this news item
are valid for the models available for sale in Germany.
Different details may apply in other countries, including Australia.
The Next Car team is expecting the Eos to be released in
Australia during the first quarter in 2007.
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30th August, 2005
The name of the new Volkswagen cabriolet-coupé has been chosen:
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