Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Volkswagen rolls out Eos convertible

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PRICING: The base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2007 Volkswagen Eos hardtop convertible starts from $28,110 for the base model up to $36,970 for the Eos 3.2L. Destination charges add $640.

EPA FUEL ECONOMY: 2.0L turbo four-cylinder -- 23 city⁄32 hwy. (manual), 23 city⁄31 hwy. (auto); 3.2L V6 –- 22 city⁄29 hwy.

Introducing the first four-seat hard-top convertible with an integrated sunroof, Volkswagen takes the wraps off of the all-new Eos. Fun, fancy and sophisticated, the German automaker managed to meld bedrock solid mechanicals into an exciting new package that proves to be a hit with motorists.

Named for the Greek goddess of dawn, the Eos is offered in Eos, Eos 2.0T and Eos 3.2L trim levels. Base power for the all-new Volkswagen is produced by a 2.0L turbo-charged four-cylinder engine. A 3.2L narrow-angle V6 is an available option. Torque is delivered to the pavement via a six-speed manual gearbox. A six-speed DSG automatic transmission with Tiptronic is optional.

The CSC (coupe-sunroof-convertible) structure is a revolutionary five-panel roof that transforms the coupe’s hardtop, with integrated sunroof and heated-glass rear window, into an open air convertible. With the click of a switch, the Eos delivers the pleasures of a traditional ‘‘ragtop” and the protected and quiet interior of a hardtop.

In just 25 seconds, the hard-top is completely and automatically lowered. If the weather changes, another click of the roof switch quickly raises the solid panels to create a protected, quiet interior environment found in traditional steel-top coupes.

Fun to drive with the top up or down, control hardware for the Eos consists of a front McPherson strut concept with triangular wishbones and self-leveling shock absorbers. At the rear is a fully-independent, four-link suspension. Stabilizer bars front and rear add to roll control and reduce lateral drift.

Inside the passenger cabin, the all-new interior design can be configured in three colors, with dark colors dominating the upper areas to minimize windshield reflections. Plastics used in the lower area of the dash are coated with a soft-effect paint. Interior trim is available with genuine walnut wood, full brushed aluminum or metallic-look synthetic interior trim.

-Motor News Medi