Volkswagen has confirmed prices for its new Eos, due to go on sale in the UK on 14 July 2006, with order books open now.

The Eos is an all new coupe/cabriolet with a unique five-piece steel and glass roof which also comprises a sunroof. It is referred to as CSC – meaning it has the characteristics of a hard-top coupe, sliding glass sunroof, and fully convertible metal roof.  Electric roof operation takes 25 seconds to open or close.

The Eos measures 4,407 mm long, 1,791 mm wide and 1,443 high, placing it between Golf (4,204; 1,759; 1,485) and Passat (4,765, 1,820, 1,472) and opening a new sub-segment in the market.  Luggage space is 380 litres with the roof up, or 205 litres when down.

The running gear was developed specifically for the Eos, but essentially combines the Golf’s strut-system front suspension with the Passat’s four-link rear arrangement; front engined and front-wheel drive.

Three engines are available from launch: 2.0-litre FSI 150 PS; Sport 2.0-litre T-FSI 200 PS and 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS with diesel particulate filter; all with six-speed manual gearbox.

A further two engines, a 1.6-litre FSI 115 PS and 3.2-litre V6 250 PS, plus DSG gearbox options will follow later.

Two trim levels are available: standard and Sport.  All models have ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme); twin front and combined curtain and side impact airbags for front and rear passengers; semi-automatic air conditioning; front fog lights; electric windows, electric heated and adjustable wing mirrors; radio/CD player; 16" alloy wheels; and parking sensors.

Sport gains 17" alloys; additional chrome grille louvres; cherry red rear light clusters; sports suspension; aluminium-look pedals and dash inserts.  The range-topping 3.2-litre adds leather trim among other items, while a substantial options list includes high-quality Dynaudio sound system, iPod adaptor and USB port for connecting memory sticks carrying MP3 music files.

Prices

1.6-litre 115 PS 6-spd manual: £19,410
2.0-litre FSI 150 PS 6-spd manual: £20,790
2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 6-spd manual: £21,360
2.0-litre TDI 140 PS DSG auto: £22,515
Sport 2.0-litre FSI 150 PS 6-spd manual: £21,735
Sport 2.0-litre T-FSI 200 PS 6-spd manual: £23,315
Sport 2.0-litre T-FSI 200 PS DSG auto: £24,465
Sport 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 6-spd manual: £22,305
Sport 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS DSG auto: £23,460
Sport 3.2-litre V6 FSI 250 PS DSG auto: £28,095