Volkswagen Eos

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Volkswagen Eos
2007-2011 Volkswagen Eos -- 03-30-2011 2.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Production 2006–2015
Assembly Palmela, Portugal (AutoEuropa)
Designer Robert Lešnik[1]
Body and chassis
Class Sport compact (S)
Body style 2-door coupé convertible
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform Volkswagen Group A5 platform
Related Volkswagen Golf Mk5
Volkswagen Scirocco Mk3
Audi A3 Mk2
SEAT León Mk2
Powertrain
Engine 1.4 L I4 (petrol)
1.6 L I4 (petrol)
2.0 L I4 (petrol)
3.2 L V6 (petrol)
3.6 L V6 (petrol)
2.0 L I4 (diesel)
Transmission 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic (DSG)
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,578 mm (101.5 in)
Length 2007–2009: 4,407 mm (173.5 in)
2010–2011: 4,409 mm (173.6 in)
2012–: 4,422 mm (174.1 in)
Width 1,791 mm (70.5 in)
Height 1,443 mm (56.8 in)

The Volkswagen Eos is a sport compact car produced by the German manufacturer Volkswagen from 2006 to 2015. It has a retractable hardtop coupé convertible body style and was introduced as the successor of the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet. It was Volkswagen's first production coupé since the Volkswagen Corrado, which ended production in 1995.

The name Eos is derived from Eos, the Greek goddess of the dawn.[2]

The Eos production run ended in 2015. However, a limited number of the base model were sold as 2016 models in the US.

History[edit]

2004 Concept C

Prior to production, the Eos was shown as the Concept C concept car at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show — designed by a team headed by Peter Schreyer, Head of Volkswagen Design in Wolfsburg.[3] Other sources attribute the design of the Eos specifically to Slovenian Robert Lešnik.[1]

The production Eos, produced at the AutoEuropa plant in Portugal, was presented in September 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with the North American introduction at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January, 2006.

Unlike the Cabrio, which was a convertible version of the Golf hatchback, the Eos is a standalone model with all-new body panels, although it shares the platform and components from the Volkswagen Golf (Mk5). The wheelbase matches the Golf Mk5 and Jetta.

Roof design[edit]

Volkswagen Eos 2.0 TDI (Australia, pre-facelift)

The Eos incorporates into its five-piece folding roof an integrated and independently sliding glass sunroof — making the Eos the only retractable hardtop of this kind. The roof folds automatically into the trunk in 25 seconds, thereby reducing trunk space from 10.5 to 6.6 cubic feet (300 to 190 L)

The roof was designed and is built by OASys, a subsidiary of Webasto Germany. The design of the roof system is complex with its own hydraulic control system and numerous rubber seals. Major maintenance is best left in the hands of specially trained, qualified technicians, which are usually associated with VW dealerships. Some qualified non-dealer shops have techs that were trained by VW on top maintenance, but major repairs are often considered expensive regardless of who does the work. Periodic maintenance must be done to keep the seals conditioned so that they function properly, but fortunately this is fairly straight forward to carry out and can easily be accomplished by owners who are maintenance savvy. Early models had a different seal design that was prone to leaking, but these were updated in the 2009/2010 timeframe. Proper body alignment is critical for proper top function, so cars that have accident damage (especially in the rear or rear side panels) should be closely inspected.

Facelift[edit]

Volkswagen Eos (US; facelift)
Facelift VW Eos 1.4 TSI BlueMotion (Europe)

A facelifted Volkswagen Eos appeared in late 2010, and went on sale as a 2012 model outside Europe. This facelift includes a revised front and rear fascias, headlights and tail lights, side mirrors, as well as new wheel designs.

Eos White Night[edit]

The White Night edition was a special edition with custom wheels, custom black interior and a black and white colour scheme package. It includes Candy White-coloured body, Deep Black Pearlescent-coloured roof, cherry-red LED tail lights, 18-inch Budapest wheels. Other features include black mirror covers, radiator grille and trim strips, black nappa leather seats, door and side trim and black steering wheel with light-coloured seams, trim strips and radio trim in Candy White, Sill panel strips with White Night letters. Other features include Climatronic climate control system, sports chassis lowered 15 mm (0.6 in) and heated front seats. This option is available with all non-V6 models.[4]

U.S. Final Edition[edit]

Sales of the EOS steadily declined as hardtop convertibles fell out of favor with buyers. In addition the EOS was based on the Mk5 platform and by 2014 had become the last model produced on it. With sales declining, VW elected to not migrate the model to a more current platform as a redesign would have proven costly. In mid-2014, VW announced that the model would be discontinued with close of the 2015 model year and VW produced a Final Edition trim to mark the occasion. This 2015 only version slotted into a mid-trim range in the US market and replaced the Sport trim previously sold there. The Final Edition was basically a Sport trim with special two tone beige/black leather upholstery and a back-up camera with park distance control added. The Final Edition was available in 3 basic colors: black, brown and white.

2016 U.S. Wrap-up[edit]

In early August of 2015, VW surprised the North American market by saying that there would be a very limited run of 2016 EOS cars in the basic Komfort trim only. In October 2015, at least one dealer was quoted as saying only 1,300 cars were made available for the US market in four colors: Black, Brown, Red and White. Since 2014, the Komfort trim had developed to include a fairly rich complement of standard features to include in-dash navigation. These cars were far from being consider 'basic' and in fact were quite well equipped. Interestingly, these final 2016 cars carried a MSRP a good bit below what exactly the same trim line had commanded a year or two earlier, making them a relative bargain as the model finally closed out. By May of 2016, the cars were all but gone from dealer lots.

Drivetrain[edit]

Model Year(s) Engine Power, torque@rpm Transmission Emission standards
1.4 TSI 2007-2016 1,390 cc (1.39 L; 85 cu in) I4 turbo 122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp)@5500, 200 N·m (150 lb·ft)@1500-4000 6-speed manual Euro 5
1.4 TSI 2008-2014 1,390 cc (1.39 L; 85 cu in) I4 turbo 160 PS (120 kW; 160 hp)@5800, 240 N·m (180 lb·ft)@1500-4500 6-speed manual Euro 5
1.6 FSI 2006–2007 1,598 cc (1.598 L; 97.5 cu in) I4 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp)@6000, 155 N·m (114 lb·ft)@4000 6-speed manual Euro 4
2.0 FSI 2006–2008 1,984 cc (1.984 L; 121.1 cu in) I4 150 PS (110 kW; 150 hp)@6000, 200 N·m (150 lb·ft)@3500 6-speed manual Euro 4
2.0 TSI 2006-2016 1,984 cc (1.984 L; 121.1 cu in) I4 turbo 200 PS (150 kW; 200 hp)@5500, 280 N·m (210 lb·ft)@1800-5000 6-speed manual, 6-speed DSG (optional) Euro 4
2.0 TSI 2011-2014 1,984 cc (1.984 L; 121.1 cu in) I4 turbo 210 PS (150 kW; 210 hp)@5300-6200, 280 N·m (210 lb·ft)@1700-5200 6-speed manual, 6-speed DSG (optional) Euro 5
3.2 V6 2006–2008 3,189 cc (3.189 L; 194.6 cu in) V6 250 PS (180 kW; 250 hp)@6300, 320 N·m (240 lb·ft)@2500-3000 6-speed DSG Euro 4
3.6 V6 2009-2011 3,597 cc (3.597 L; 219.5 cu in) V6 260 PS (190 kW; 260 hp)@6000, 350 N·m (260 lb·ft)@2400-4000 6-speed DSG Euro 5
2.0 TDI 2006–2008 1,968 cc (1.968 L; 120.1 cu in) I4 Pumpe Düse turbo diesel 140 PS (100 kW; 140 hp)@4200, 320 N·m (240 lb·ft)@1750-2500 6-speed manual, 6-speed DSG (optional) Euro 4
2.0 TDI 2009-2014 1,968 cc (1.968 L; 120.1 cu in) I4 common rail turbo diesel 140 PS (100 kW; 140 hp)@4200, 320 N·m (240 lb·ft)@1750-2500 6-speed manual, 6-speed DSG (optional) Euro 5

International markets[edit]

European market Eos interior

The Eos was released in Europe in the first quarter of 2006, and in North America in the third quarter of 2006. Right-hand drive market Japan began sales in October 2006 followed by New Zealand and Australia in January 2007. It was released in South Africa in the second quarter of 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Volkswagen Eos Lešnik v čokoladi (article in Slovenian)". AVTO.over.net, 13 June 2006, Iztok Franko. 
  2. ^ "About the Name Eos". Master-McNeil, November 2005. 
  3. ^ "Geneva Auto Show 2004: Volkswagen Concept C". VWVortex, March 2, 2004, Jamie Vondruska. 
  4. ^ Paukert, Chris (2009-05-28). "Hans Gruber, Your Ride Is Here: Volkswagen rolls out White Night Eos special edition". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 

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