The different development areas of Volkswagen were given the task of putting a convertible on wheels that’s suitable year-round. With the roof closed it was to offer all the characteristics of a coupe.
The EOS is considered by Volkswagen a rather emotional bent: the name itself stands for emotion. Eos is derived from the goddess of sunrise and is meant to evoke associations with an idealized image of driving a convertible: the early moments of a summer’s day.
Legend has it that the goddess rises every morning in her phaeton from the depths of the sea to bring daylight to mankind.
The Eos chassis concept was not built from a closed model but rather developed as its own independent convertible coupe. Essential technologies such as power train range (85 kW / 115 hp to 184 kW / 250 hp) and the chassis are based on the new Passat.
During the official debut at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, executive chairman of the Volkswagen Brand, defined the EOS using very clear words: “The Eos is not a compromise, that can’t make up its mind on what it is all about. The Eos is both: a real convertible and a real coupe.”
In their relationship to each other these dimensions affect the dynamics of the Eos: due to the relatively broad width in comparison with the length and height, the Eos sits powerfully on its wheels.
The considerable track width (more than 1.55 meters) doesn’t just look good; it rather adds to the agility and road handling. The result is a fun driving experience, whether the top is up or down.
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The most distinctive feature is the five section CSC-roof, where CSC stands for coupe, convertible and sun roof. It opens and closes in just 25 seconds. The quick transformation from coupe to convertible is achieved by four hydraulic cylinders on either side of the vehicle.
The roof construction, developed together with the Webasto company, proved to be a very solid and variable. The Eos is the only convertible with a five section folding roof made from steel worldwide.
This roof provides the conceptional base for an uncompromising all-year-round ability, the homogenous convertible-design and the pure convertible feeling, as laid down in the specifications.
The roof hard top was designed with technical and visual finesse. The front section is held in a glass look. As standard this section can also be opened and tilted upwards like a conventional – but very large – glass tilting roof. Even in the closed mode a light, friendly and fresh atmosphere is created inside.
Thanks to the wide roof span the windscreen frame could be kept short. This provides more room and more sky for the driver and front passenger.
Another benefit is that the proportions are streamlined, the roof line is stretched, the rear section muscular and the overall impression is of a high quality. With the roof open it is also obvious that the Eos was especially designed as a convertible-coupe, as opposed to following the example of many limousines with added on convertible features.
The Eos is positioned in the segment above the New Beetle convertible, which has been on offer worldwide since 2003 and is the successor to the Golf Cabriolet.
Due to its uncompromising design, its convertible characteristics and its sporty as well as comfortable road handling, Volkswagen sees the new Eos as "an achievable VW brand name dream for many drivers. As a result the clientele addressed by the Eos is expected to be comparatively large, because the convertible-coupe will be positioned, as sketched out, between the A- and B-class."
Example A-class: here the Eos recommends itself as a vehicle with the quality image of the higher B-class. There has been a conscious decision to use only one equipment line which can be customized according to taste and financial resources. Moreover, the Eos stands out from many of its competitors in the A-segment due to the greater performance spectrum of its engines and high-end technologies such as the double gearbox DSG, a Dynaudio-sound system and, of course, the new CSC-roof.
Example B-class: even though the Eos is a little shorter than some of its competitors, it offers a comparatively spacious interior that is in any case just as comfortable. The sliding/tilting glass roof is unique among the top convertibles of the B-class and only one of them sports a folding steel roof. Despite this the Eos is far less pricy. To put it differently: the Eos transcends the border between the classes. And that is typical for Volkswagen.
Price and equipment
Regarding the price as well as the design, the Eos ranges in the segment between the Golf and the Passat.
The standard version offers a rich equipment, including ESP, semi automatic air conditioning (Climatic), power windows, alloy rims, LED rear lights, maximum safety front head rests, airbags, specially developed head and thorax airbags, a roll bar system which comes out in 0.25 seconds and two full rear seats.
The five markets with the highest sales volume are Germany, the US, the UK, France and Italy, but in the long run Volkswagen will offer the new convertible-coupe world wide.