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 coupe 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 coupe, sliding and convertible roof, thereby unifying three different car concepts to form a whole.
When closed, the CSC roof curves in an arc between the rear end and the windscreen, giving rise to an outstanding coupe 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 meter long and 1.79 meter wide. Eos also clearly reveals that it has been specifically developed as a convertible coupe, 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.
Wide and Powerful
The convertible coupe is 1.79 meters wide, 4.41 meters long and 1.44 meters 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 meters) 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.
Volkswagen makes specific use of technical synergies between its model series. Take the engines, for example: In detail, these encompass four petrol engines with outputs ranging from 115 bhp, 150 bhp and 200 bhp to 250 bhp plus a 140 bhp TDI equipped with a diesel particulate filter as standard. Four-cylinder direct injection engines are fitted to provide outputs up to 200 bhp, whilst the 250 bhp variant derives its power from six cylinders.
Sporty, Elegant Interior
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 liters is available; when closed, 380 liters of stowage space are on offer. As standard, a power latching system closes the boot lid the last few millimeters. A through-loading aperture is additionally integrated into the rear bench seat.
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 between the A (Golf) and B class (Passat).