Volkswagen has unveiled the new face of the Eos convertible coupé ahead of its public debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show.
The modifications bring the Eos in line with the latest iteration of Volkswagen’s design language as seen applied to the new Polo, Passat, and Sharan. Horizontal lines dominate the front of the car with a prominent new grille complete with chrome highlights that create the impression that the Eos is wider and lower than the car it replaces.
A set of new headlight units, similar in shape to those fitted to the Golf, features the option of integrated LED daytime running lights to lend the revised Eos an elegant new look.
A revised front bumper featuring new airdams and fog lights is joined by a reprofiled bonnet. At the back of the car a set of new tail lights, drawing on the look of those fitted to the new Passat (which arrives here in December ), creates a distinctive new appearance.
As before, the Eos features an advanced five-piece folding roof with an integrated tilt sliding glass sunroof. To go from a closed coupé to an open cabriolet – an operation that can now be undertaken remotely via the key fob if the car is specified with keyless entry – takes just 25 seconds while the boot capacity ranges from 205 litres when the roof is down up to 380 litres with the roof closed.
Inside, new trim finishes enhance the interior of the Eos which is both comfortable and extremely well equipped. Highlights include a leather multifunction steering wheel, air conditioning, a powerful eight-speaker CD stereo system, and sports seats.
The new Eos should be available with a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines when deliveries commence here early in 2011. These include a 1.4-litre TSI engine developing 122 bhp, a 2.0-litre TSI unit producing 210 bhp as well as a refined 2.0-litre TDI engine producing 140 bhp. This unit, with BlueMotion technology modifications including automatic stop/start and battery regeneration systems, can return a combined economy of 58.8 mpg according to Volkswagen.
Irish prices and specifications for the new Eos should be announced when ordering opens for the car before the end of the year.