2012 Vw Eos Facelift unveiled at the 2010 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 17, 2010

Volkswagen recently introduced the 2012 Eos Facelift, an update of the popular coupe-cabriolet featuring the new design philosophy. The 2012 Eos Facelift will be displayed at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show and deliveries will start in January 2011.

The 2012 Eos Facelift will come with a price tag of EUR27,975 for the 2.0-liter petrol engine, which delivers 210 PS (the same engine found on the Golf GTI).

Seen on the 2011 Touareg and the 2011 Passat, the new family face is also found on the Eos: a new chromed grille and new headlights incorporated with the daytime running LED technology.

The new Eos also features a new rear end with rear tail lamps borrowed from the 2011 Volkswagen Passat, which was revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

Moreover, the 2012 Eos features a remote control Light Assist, a multi-functional display, keyless access, the second-generation Park Assist, start button and the optional Cool Leather coating (the leather reflects the sunlight to keep you cool).

Under the hood and with some help from the BlueMotion technology, the fuel consumption in the Eos was reduced by 0.7 l/100 km, which means that the 2.0-liter diesel engine delivering 140 PS now has a fuel consumption of 4.8 l/100 km.

Exterior Design

The look of the 2012 Volkswagen Eos makes it clear that it is following the brand’s "design DNA" with its clearly structured and horizontal lines. Between the headlights is the radiator grille protector that is made from three black struts that have been trimmed with a chrome strip. The headlights itself can be ordered in either the halogen (H7) format or the bi-xenon one.

Inside the housing of these headlights are 14 LEDs that form the daytime running lights. It is also offered with the option to have the Light Assist main beam assistant for headlights. When this is turned on, it now functions as the switch between the main beam and the dipped and automatically makes adjustments to adapt to any traffic conditions.

Standard in all models are the fog lamps, though for this model it now has cornering lights thus increasing safety. Looking at it from the side, one can see that the Eos has new alloy wheels. The standard is the 16-inch "Barcelona" alloys with the type 215 tyres. There are also other 16-inch sets available as well as 17-inch and 18-inch variations.

The 16-inch winter wheels for instance have full wheel covers carried over from the prior model. From the rear, the Eos can also be easily recognized. The rear lights have a two-part LED that has been reworked. The rear bumper has also been redesigned similar to the front bumper.

The most striking characteristic of the two-part rear lights, which have been worked into the wing and boot, has the stylized M that has been integrated to the LEDs used for the tail lights and the brake lights. The interior also has something new to offer. While the doors and the dashboard have the standard "Matt Chrome" details, both have new trims.

VW has reconfigured its Ambience Pack. For this particular option, the interior fittings will have the decorative "Black Peak" elements like the dark aluminum accents with a chrome edging. Still VW offers additional alternative as the pack can also come with the "Poplar Grain" trim or "Walnut Root" one. Even the light switches and the window buttons offer something new as they have been framed in chrome.

The standard sport seats meanwhile come in the 103 kW/140 PS model or better. Making it elegant are the new fabrics that have the "Wave" design. Then there is the "Nappa" leather in the exclusive yet practical "cool leather" form.

The "cool leather" name refers to the way it reflects the rays of the sun, ensuring that it doesn’t become as hot as standard leather and making it ideal for use in an open-top car. There is also a new design for the car’s DSG gear shift gaiter and lever.

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