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by Tim Beissmann

The 2011 Volkswagen Eos coupe cabriolet has been officially unveiled today at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Set for release in mainland Europe in mid-January 2011 (with UK and US launches to follow in March, and Australia in the second half of 2011), the revised design brings the Eos into line with the rest of the Volkswagen line-up.

A range of different engine options will be offered, depending on region. The US will receive a 147kW 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine teamed with a six-speed DSG transmission. Europe will get a range of four, including three direct-injection turbocharged petrol engines (90kW/200Nm, 118kW/240Nm, 155kW/280Nm) and a 103kW TDI diesel.

Volkswagen says the TDI – with its BlueMotion Technology, including start/stop and brake energy recovery – will consume just 4.8 litres/100km. Fuel consumption in the petrol-powered models ranges from 6.2 litres/100km to 7.5 litres/100km. CO2 emissions across all models range from 125g/km to 174g/km.

Inside, the addition of “cool leather” to the line-up – which is designed to reflect the sun’s rays and absorb much less heat – demonstrates Volkswagen’s commitment to comfortable top-down driving.

Speaking of which, the roof can now be opened and closed wirelessly by remote control, a function that happens in 25 seconds in either direction. With the roof folded, boot capacity is 205 litres, and swells to 380 litres when the roof is raised.

Keyless access and ignition is also new, with Volkswagen’s “Press & Drive” button system replacing the traditional key slot.

Volkswagen Australia’s Karl Gehling said the 2011 Volkswagen Eos would arrive in Australia in the second half of next year, but kept all other specifications and details under wraps.

In Australia, the current Eos is available in 103TDI and 155TSI specifications, with prices ranging from $46,990 to $51,490.




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