2006 Volkswagen VW Eos
(from Volkswagen Press Release) IAA world premiere: 18 months after the concept C study made its debut at the Geneva Automobile Salon, Volkswagen now presents the series version of its new convertible coupé in the form of the Eos. This is the world's first four-seater car with a five-section CSC roof; the folding hard top combines the characteristics of a coupé, sliding and convertible roof, thereby unifying three different car concepts to form a whole.
Consistently new design
CSC design: When closed,
the CSC roof curves in an arc between the rear end and the
windscreen, giving rise to an outstanding coupé roof which is both
elegant and sporty. The roof's curve is elongated, the rear end
muscular and the overall impression is one of high quality. When the
roof is open, the 4.41 metre long and 1.79 metre wide Eos also
clearly reveals that it has been specifically developed as a
convertible coupé, and that its body concept has not been derived
from any other model in existence. The CSC roof has enabled the
windscreen frame to be kept short and the rear compact, lending the
vehicle sensuous proportions in the style of a classic convertible.
Very wide and powerful
Dimensions: The convertible coupé is 1.79 metres wide, 4.41 metres long and 1.44 metres high. In relation to each other, these dimensions enhance the vehicle's dynamics. In comparison with its length and height, the vehicle's width lends the Eos a particularly powerful appearance. Its large track width (over 1.55 metres) not only looks good, it also contributes extensively towards the extraordinarily agile and safe handling characteristics exhibited by the Eos. The result is pure driving enjoyment regardless of whether the roof is up or down.
Scheduled for launch in spring 2006 above the New Beetle convertible
Market launch: The Eos
is scheduled to be launched in Europe in spring 2006; the other
continents are set to follow the same year. The car 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.
Sporty, elegant interior
Passenger compartment: 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 fundamental Eos elements are new developments. These include the cockpit, the door and side trim panels and the rear seat system. Volkswagen is additionally fitting electrically activated easy-entry seats for the first time: These "remember" the driver's and front passenger's longitudinal seating positions, and return to these – once the rear passengers have entered or exited the vehicle – at the push of a button. When the roof is open, a volume of 205 litres is available; when closed, 380 litres of stowage space are on offer. 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.
One equipment version, many equipment details
Equipment: The Eos will
be launched in just one high-quality equipment version. Permanent
details fitted as standard 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). Optionally, innovative features such as
a Dynaudio sound system with ten-channel amplifier, ten loudspeakers