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The Volkswagen Eos is a sport compact cabriolet coupé produced by the German automaker Volkswagen from 2006 to 2015. Assembled at AutoEuropa in Portugal, it was a convertible only compact coupé introduced as the successor of the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet. It was Volkswagen's first production coupé since the Volkswagen Corrado, which ended production in July 1995.

Volkswagen Eos
2006 Volkswagen EOS Sport TDi 2.0 Front.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerVolkswagen
Production2006–2015
AssemblyPortugal: Palmela (AutoEuropa)
DesignerRobert Lešnik[1]
Body and chassis
ClassSport compact (S)
Body style2-door coupé convertible
LayoutTransverse front-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformVolkswagen Group A5 platform
RelatedVolkswagen Golf Mk5
Volkswagen Scirocco Mk3
Audi A3 Mk2
SEAT León Mk2
Powertrain
Engine1.4 L I4 (petrol)
1.6 L I4 (petrol)
2.0 L I4 (petrol)
3.2 L VR6 (petrol)
3.6 L VR6 (petrol)
2.0 L I4 TDI
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed automatic (DSG)
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,578 mm (101.5 in)
Length2007–2009: 4,407 mm (173.5 in)
2010–2011: 4,409 mm (173.6 in)
2012–2015: 4,422 mm (174.1 in)
Width1,791 mm (70.5 in)
Height1,443 mm (56.8 in)

The name Eos was derived from Eos, the Greek goddess of the dawn.[2] The Eos ended production in May 2015. However, a limited number of base trim models were sold as models of 2016 in the United States.

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
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 was a standalone model with all new body panels, although it shared the platform and components from the Volkswagen Golf (Mk5). The wheelbase matches the Golf Mk5 and Jetta.

Roof designEdit

 
Volkswagen Eos 2.0 TDI (United Kingdom, 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 twenty five 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. Periodic maintenance must be done to keep the seals conditioned so that they function properly.

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.

FaceliftEdit

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

A facelifted Volkswagen Eos appeared in October 2010, and went on sale as a model of 2012 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 NightEdit

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]

United States Final EditionEdit

Sales of the Eos steadily declined, as hardtop convertibles fell out of favour with buyers. In addition, the Eos was based on the Mark 5 platform, and by 2014, it had become the last model produced on it. With sales declining, Volkswagen elected to not migrate the model to a more current platform, as a redesign would have proven costly.

During 2014, Volkswagen announced that the model would be discontinued with a close of the model year of 2015, and Volkswagen produced a Final Edition trim to mark the occasion.

This 2015 only version slotted into a mid trim range in the United States, 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 three basic colours: black, brown and white.

2016 United States wrap upEdit

In August 2015, Volkswagen surprised the North American market, by saying that there would be a very limited run of Eos cars of 2016 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 United States in four colours: 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. The final cars of 2016 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 2016, the cars were all but gone from dealers.[citation needed]

DrivetrainEdit

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 (148 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 (118 kW; 158 hp)@5800, 240 N⋅m (177 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; 148 hp)@6000, 200 N⋅m (148 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 (147 kW; 197 hp)@5500, 280 N⋅m (207 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 (154 kW; 207 hp)@5300-6200, 280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft)@1700-5200 6 speed manual, 6 speed DSG (optional) Euro 5
3.2 VR6 2006–2008 3,189 cc (3.189 L; 194.6 cu in) V6 250 PS (184 kW; 247 hp)@6300, 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft)@2500-3000 6 speed DSG Euro 4
3.6 VR6 2009–2011 3,597 cc (3.597 L; 219.5 cu in) V6 260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp)@6000, 350 N⋅m (258 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 Engine Code: BMM 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp)@4200, 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft)@1750-2500 6 speed manual, 6 speed DSG (optional) Euro 4
2.0 TDI 2008-2014 1,968 cc (1.968 L; 120.1 cu in) I4 common rail turbo diesel 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp)@4200, 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft)@1750-2500 6 speed manual, 6 speed DSG (optional) Euro 5

International marketsEdit

 
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 markets, such as 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Volkswagen Eos Lešnik v čokoladi (article in Slovenian)". AVTO.over.net, 13 June 2006, Iztok Franko. Archived from the original on 27 February 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2008.
  2. ^ "About the Name Eos". Master-McNeil, November 2005. Archived from the original on 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  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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