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2012 Volkswagen Eos – Click above for high-res image gallery

The trouble with hard-top convertibles – four-seat cabrios especially – is the added weight penalty. German automakers in particular have proven adept at counteracting the dynamic drawbacks that open-air flexibility brings, but sooner or later you're just going to need more power. And that's exactly what Volkswagen is doing with the Eos.

Often derided as a "hairdresser's car", the 2012 Eos has been treated to one of our favorite engines: the 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the Golf GTI. This 208-horspower engine – available with either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch transmission – can now take the Eos from a full stop to highway pace in 7.8 seconds. Overseas buyers can also specify the 138-hp 2.0-liter diesel (with the same transmission choices). Volkswagen has also included Hill Start Assist standard on the 2012 Eos, along with Vienna leather upholstery, heated seats, 17-inch wheels and some sheetmetal enhancements that brings its look in line with the rest of the brand's small car lineup.

Details have only been announced for foreign markets, and we've included the Australian press release after the jump while we wait for confirmation from Volkswagen of America. In the meantime you can check out the high-res images in the gallery below.

[Source: Volkswagen]
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Volkswagen Eos Receives Engine Update

MULGRAVE, AUSTRALIA – October 6, 2010: With the arrival of the new model year 2011, the Volkswagen Eos will be treated to an engine upgrade, which sees the Eos deliver the same power output as the acclaimed Golf GTI.

With the arrival of the MY11 Eos, it now features the 2.0 litre four-cylinder TSI petrol engine with a power 155kW output, which allows the vehicle to accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in 7.8 seconds. Maximum torque – 280 Nm – is delivered between 1,700 and 5,200 rpm, an exceptionally wide range to provide excellent in-gear performance and keen throttle response. The Eos is available with a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG transmission. Emissions of CO2 are 173 g/km (DSG: 184 g/km) and fuel consumption is just 7.4L/100km (DSG: 7.9 L/100km).

The Eos's TSI engine offers new features including modified pistons and piston rings, new induction system and a high-pressure fuel pump. This engine was designed for Euro V compliance, lower CO2 emissions, fuel efficiency, ease of servicing and "packaging". Packaging means reducing the external dimensions of the engine, plus accessories to allow appropriate under-bonnet space for engine movement, service access and crumple zones.

The Volkswagen Eos is also still available as a 2.0 litre four-cylinder 103kW diesel paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed DSG gearbox. Model Year 2011 also gives the Eos some other enhancements like standard Vienna leather upholstery with heated front seats, new 17" alloy wheels and a range of new exterior colours combined with new chrome grille strips and cherry red tail lights.

Every manual Eos now also comes with standard Hill Start Assist (HSA), which holds the vehicle when the foot brake is released by temporarily locking the brake pressure (for a maximum of 1.5 seconds) to provide comfortable starting-off without rolling back. Hill Start Assist (HSA) operates on inclines greater than 5%.

Pricing remains unchanged with prices from $46,990 for the Eos 103TDI and $48,990* for the Eos 155TSI.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      The previous (current) generation EOS has the 2.0T engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously. This isn't news. The only news would be if the VR6 version is discontinued.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jacob Wagner, the VR6 was canceled over a year ago.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have a 2008 with the 2.0T and a 6-speed manual.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I read the blog, and thought. Wait, the EOS has always had the 2.0T.

        Autospies, someone needs to fact check.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Isn't the NEW 2.0T in the NEW GTi different than the older generation 2.0T? ...I didn't remember the MKV having 208hp, I thought it was at 201 or something lower than 208. But I could be mistaken.

        Also, this is a HUGE improvement on the front end! It's too bad they dropped the 3.2 engine all together, that was a nice engine to have in this car. They should consider offering a low volume amount of the 3.2 perhaps with the 4motion drive, similar to the R32 that use to exist... that could be fun.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Well...the press release was from Australia, so maybe they didn't have the 2.0T there.

        The Eos here (Canada) has always had the 2.0T/DSG combo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am so freaking confused. How many Eos's have they sold? There are a ton of VW bugs out there, not many other models, yet they stop production of the bug? Have I missed something?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Say it with me: CHICK CAR
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interestingly, I been seeing a bunch of them around with mostly male drivers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea,That would be the gay ones.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This now looks like a car that disgruntled Chrysler LeBaron convertible buyers will purchase, as the current lebaron is in dire need of a refresh.

      Six speed manual or DSG with the GTI engine....midlife crisis here we come. ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        /insert Sebring for LeBaron....same deal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hair dresser's car? who cares. all i care about is whether they've fixed the myriad of issues with that hard top.


      Brogan's right, kill it with fire.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Damn, I am IMPRESSED. How'd you get VW to let you do an exclusive long-term test before anyone else?
      • 4 Years Ago
      >>>Often derided as a "hairdresser's car"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, because it is so overpriced, most hairdressers cannot afford it. Plus, even the hairdressers I know do not like it, its simply too plain looking. The Cabrio it replaced at least was "cute".

        Actually, most of the ones I see are driven by gay men (or at least those men with tendancies to appear gay).

        Not that there is anything wrong with that... :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        My comment got cut-off: I'm not a "derided hairdresser", but I like the Eos.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I do like this car a lot and always have, but the price is simply too high to justify for what you get, plus I don't think the trick roof is enough to justify the loss of a hatch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now this facelift is much better... this could be my next car...
      • 4 Years Ago
      with Eos now looking (almost) exactly like the car with which it shares a platform, it should be finally named what it is - Golf Cabrio
      • 4 Years Ago
      Vdubs are crap? Tell that to my 1990 VW Fox 4 speed, the car I still drive to work every day! The only thing worn out is the paint. Original clutch, original engine, original owner...still going strong and quiet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It should be updated with death in the US market.
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