First Look: 2011 Volkswagen Eos

After six years with nary an update, the Volkswagen has finally revised the slow-selling Eos hardtop convertible, bringing its design in line with the new corporate face.

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 stablemates. 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 taillights 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.

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