Volkswagen is expanding its crossover lineup with the compact 2021 VW Taos. Whilst it is promptly recognizable as a Volkswagen with loads of styling cues shared with the Tiguan and Atlas Grand Activity, the Taos will get VW’s new horizontal LED lighting strip throughout its grille on the assortment-topping SEL (see the ID.4) furthermore a wide range of pseudo rugged styling prospers on each trim. These contain black plastic reduced cladding and fender flares, raised roof rails, and alloy trim on the front and rear bumpers that mimic skid plates. Other than serving as an obvious stage of change with the much more standard, household-helpful Tiguan, this additional rugged seem is the telltale indicator that the Taos was built specially for the North American current market exactly where outdoorsy-themed styles like the Subaru Crosstrek and Toyota RAV4 Journey are booming.
Volkswagen’s versatile MQB architecture underpins the Taos, which stretches 175.8 inches from finish to close, 72.5 inches large, and 64.4 inches tall. For context, it’s about 9.3 inches shorter than a Tiguan, and only a pair inches for a longer time than the developing list of “in-betweener” crossovers that bridge the gap among subcompact and compact selections. These incorporate the Kia Seltos, Chevy Trailblazer and Jeep Compass. Its cargo ability is consistent with those, much too, as there is 28.1 cubic feet with five older people on board and 66.3 cubes with the 2nd-row seats folded flat. Again seat legroom is 37.9 inches.
From the driver seat, horizontal lines on the dashboard emphasize the crossover’s width, and the standard structure appears to be like familiar if you’ve got seen the most the latest Volkswagen Jetta. A 6.5-inch touchscreen is normal on the foundation Taos S, whilst the SE SEL get an 8-inch unit working Volkswagen’s newest MIB3 infotainment procedure. Each individual Taos also receives an all-digital instrument panel measuring either a conventional 8 inches or 10.25 inches on the selection-topping SEL.
Other standard options incorporate two-tone fabric upholstery, automatic headlights, and a thrust-button ignition. An in-car or truck Wi-Fi link is incorporated, much too, although being linked on-the-go involves a information plan. Motorists equipped to commit a lot more can unlock options like leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, a navigation program, in addition a wireless machine charger.
Volkswagen notes that the Taos is “offered” with the IQ.Drive deal of digital driving aids, like ahead collision warning, computerized crisis braking, lane-retaining guide, blind-place warning, and adaptive cruise handle with quit-and-go capability. Of course, “readily available” indicates that individuals options are optional, whilst most competitors at the very least consist of ahead collision warning and computerized braking as regular devices.
As we have previously described, the Taos takes advantage of a fuel-sipping evolution of the Jetta’s 1.4-liter turbocharged motor. Enlarged to 1.5 liters and modified to run a modified Miller cycle, the new four-cylinder makes 158 horsepower and 184 pound-toes of torque. It spins the front wheels through an eight-velocity automatic transmission in its standard configuration, though the optional 4Movement all-wheel-drive system provides with it a 7-pace twin-clutch automatic as perfectly as a far more complex multi-url rear suspension. The entrance-generate Taos has a torsion beam at the back again.
In spite of the rugged appear, the Taos shouldn’t be thought of for something but the lightest of off-road obligation. Volkswagen failed to specify ground clearance, but it would not appear in particular lofty. The enterprise did indicate, even so, that it is even now looking at a far more capable trim amount along the lines of the Toyota RAV4 Journey or Jeep’s Trailhawk trims.
Built in Puebla, Mexico, together with the Jetta and Tiguan, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos will get there in showrooms in the summer of 2021. Prospective buyers will originally have three trim stages named S, SE, and SEL, respectively, to decide on from. Pricing details will be announced nearer to the crossover’s on-sale day, but Volkswagen indicated during a presentation to journalists Friday that we can assume it to get started around $3,000 considerably less than the Tiguan, give or just take a couple of hundred pounds. That would place the setting up selling price all over $22,000, and as a result inline with the Kia Seltos, Subaru Crosstrek and Jeep Compass.
As for the identify, the Taos follows the Tiguan and discontinued Touareg as Volkswagen crossovers with T names that are tough to pronounce (Atlas is the non-T outlier). Though the Touareg was named after a nomadic North African folks and Tiguan is the combination of the phrases “tiger” and “iguana” (critically, that is just not a joke), the name Taos is borrowed from a picturesque tiny town in northern New Mexico and is pronounced like “house.”
Ronan Glon and James Riswick contributed to this report.