VW Eos will likely continue with a larger soft-top, which replaces the existing form, according to Volkswagen head of design Klaus Bischoff. He was present during the Los Angeles Auto Show launch of the VW Beetle Cabriolet, which is the latest addition to VW’s open-top line-up that also includes the Eos and Golf.
He said that the Eos will not be prolonged when it stops being offered in the market. He said that the market has lost sight of the retractable hardtops so this is far from his mind.
Bischoff confirmed that VW is planning to create a bigger, full-size four-seater convertible – one of the 100 design studies that his team is presently developing. He added that there’s room for a larger convertible in its lineup so it has every reason to do it.
He explained that since VW’s factories are already at full capacity, this means that the automaker will have to open new plants.
Volkswagen’s new Eos is set to make its global debut live at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2010. The successful cabriolet coupé was technically perfected, refined with many new features, and visually updated.
The German automaker decided to present the Eos in California because America is the strongest sales region for this 4-seater car. With this, Volkswagen of America will be taking the new Eos to the streets by the end of March 2011. Europe, which is only the second strongest in terms of sales volume, will see a market launch in January 2011.
In America, the VW Eos is offered with a 147kW/200PS 2-liter TSI with 6-speed DSG. Meanwhile, in Europe, 3 direct-injection TSI or turbo petrol engines and one direct-injection turbodiesel or TDI engine are going to be available. The efficient TSI engines’ power levels range from 90kW/122PS - 155kW/210PS, whereas the common rail TDI quietly delivers 103kW/140PS.
Demonstrating the new cabriolet coupé’s fuel efficiency is the Eos 2L TDI featuring BlueMotion Technology and 103kW/140PS. The car consumes only 4.8 l/100 km. Its use of BlueMotion Technology, which includes Stop/Start system as well as brake energy recovery, reduced fuel consumption by 0.7L/100 km.