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New Eos goes topless in LA

2010-11-17 09:34

SEA AND SUN: The Eos shows off its new look in Los Angeles.

The updated VW Eos makes its show debut among the bodies beautiful at the Los Angeles auto show.

The most significant change to the Eos is a front section that is now in line with those seen on the rest of the VW range. The grille, with three chromed struts stretched between the headlight clusters, looks particularly fetching on the revised drop-top.

A new optional feature for the halogen or (optional) bi-xenon headlights is "light assist" that assumes the function of switching between dipped and main beam, depending on road conditions. Fog lights are now also integrated into the cornering lights.

MORE REFINED

When viewed from behind, the Eos has a two-part LED light cluster. Front and rear bumpers have been redesigned.

The cabin is said to be more refined than before, with new trim for the fascia and doors and matte chromed details as standard. An ambience pack, with different trim and olde worlde wood finishes, is an option, too.

COOL: Breezy Eos is big on comfort; it comes with optional "cool leather" for the seats.

Volkswagen is really excited about its “cool leather” option, though.

Although not new technology, any shorts or skirt-wearing individual will appreciate not having to sear their legs and bottoms on burning seats after the car’s been left to catch a bit of a tan with its top down. “Cool leather” reflects the sun’s rays and doesn’t absorb as much heat as regular leather.

Other cool new features on Eos include second-generation parking assistance and, on cars fitted with keyless access, remote-control opening and closing of the roof. The Eos’s five-part folding hard top takes the car from coupe to cabriolet and back in 25 seconds.

A comprehensive range of engines will be offered for Eos in the US and Europe but, should it come to South Africa, expect more of the same in the form of the current 1.4 and two-litre TSI units.
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