Last month we reported that Volkswagen would likely soon be rolling out an updated 2011 Eos, bringing it closer in line with the remainder of its model range. Today the automaker unveiled a refreshed version of its hard-top convertible.
The Eos may be one of VW’s worst selling models, but the German automaker isn’t giving up on the convertible. Six years into production, the 2011 Eos receives a facelift bringing it closer to the design DNA of its fellow VW stable mates. The Eos loses its flashy chrome grille and bumper in favor of a newly designed geometric three-bar grille. Its headlights now feature LED accents, giving it a more upscale appearance. In back, the tail lights also feature LED illumination and are no longer rounded. The bumper has also been reworked to give the convertible an updated feel.
The Eos’ updates aren’t limited to design refinements, VW also took a close look at what it could do to improve the functionality of its hard-top convertible. A new convenience allows owners to operate the convertible top with the key fob. Switching from high to low beams is now performed automatically depending on the traffic situation. Newly optional “cool leather” seating surfaces are designed to reflect heat and improve comfort on hot days.
In global markets, the Eos is said to get a few other touches for 2011, including the full 208 horsepower of the newest version of the GTI’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, along with standard Hill Start Assist, Vienna heated leather seats, and 17-inch wheels. Unfortunately no mention of similar changes was offered in the automaker’s U.S. materials.
The 2011 Eos is scheduled to make its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month, with deliveries expected to begin early next year. With 521 sales in the U.S. last month, do you think updating the Eos will help its sales?