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The New Minimalism: Volkswagen Eos, White Knight Edition

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Volkswagen Eos White Knight

Volkswagen Eos White Knight

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Volkswagen Eos White Knight

Volkswagen Eos White Knight

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In these sobering Economic Times, when everyone speaks of cutting back and 80s-minimal retro is hot hot hot, is it any surprise that Volkswagen would launch a grayscale version of its Eos convertible? Nein, fräulein.

Based on photos alone, the Eos White Knight looks awfully nice--short and sturdy, but also refined, thanks to its blacked-out roof panel, grill, and side mirrors. Even with the glossy hardtop in place, the White Knight seems sleek and sporty, like a convertible should. On the inside, the minimal theme continues, with abundant black leather and contrasting seams. Under the hood: no changes to speak of.

The White Knight edition isn't available stateside--which is probably good, since "white knights" on this side of the pond can have  unpleasant connotations.  If it ever makes the leap, expect the White Knight to clock in somewhat higher than the American Eos' starting price of $31,615. Right now, the White Knight will set you back €33,140 ($46,500), which is a little higher than our minimalist budget will allow. 

[source: Volkswagen, full press release below]

The new Eos White Night loves contrast

Refined black-and-white contrast for discerning drivers

Wolfsburg, 28 May 2009 - The new Eos White Night embraces the contrast of black and white: the body is white, while elements such as the roof, radiator grille and mirror covers are black. This special model can be ordered starting now.

The Eos White Night provides an interesting set of contrasts, including exterior paintwork in "Candy White", a roof painted in "Deep Black Pearlescent" and cherry-red LED tail lights. A number of details in black such as the mirror covers, radiator grille and trim strips enhance the appeal of this special model. 18-inch "Budapest" wheels partially painted black with a polished finish complete the elegant appearance of the Eos White Night. 

The light and dark accents continue in the interior: the black nappa leather seats, door and side trim and black steering wheel feature light-coloured seams. There are also trim strips and radio trim in "Candy White". Sill panel strips lettered with "White Night" showcase this special model.

Convenience elements such as the "Climatronic" climate control system, sports chassis lowered 15 mm and heated front seats come as standard in the Eos White Night. The Eos White Night starts from €33,140 and can be combined with all engine versions except for the V6.

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