It’s hard to believe that Volkswagen didn’t have an SUV in their lineup until 2003 when they first introduced the Touareg. Since then they have introduced the Tiguan, Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport and the company has now given us a glimpse (all be it virtually) of their fifth SUV - the 2022 Taos.
The All-new Taos will slot in just below the Tiguan in the highly contested compact SUV segment. The Taos will be powered by a reengineered 1.5L version of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the Jetta sedan. It will produce 158 hp (an increase of 11hp) and 184 lb-ft of torque all the while, VW claims, delivering outstanding fuel economy.
The front-wheel drive trims will be linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with the all-wheel drive models getting a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Up front the Taos has a strong stance that is accentuated by the sculptured hood and adaptive LED headlights that still manage to reflect the styling from the larger Atlas Cross Sport.
On the upper trim lines an LED light bar extends from the headlights towards the centre VW badging giving the Taos more character from the front. From the side, the steeply raked A-pillar and high waistline add a sporty look to the Taos with the squared-off wheel arches adding a more rugged stance reminiscent of the Atlas. The 17-inch wheels will be offered as standard, with 18-inch and 19-inch being offered in higher trim levels as an option.
The cabin will benefit from a premium fit and finish throughout, with cloth, two-tone leatherette and leather trims being made available. The dash is uncluttered, clean and fresh, with the infotainment screen being built into the dash with comfort controls mounted below the screen and centre air vents. Automatic headlights, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, eight-way powered driver’s seat, ventilated front seats as well as heated side mirrors and washer nozzles are all being made available.
Volkswagen Digital Cockpit comes as standard across the trim levels with wireless charging and app connection being available. The infotainment system is controlled by an 8-inch touch screen or by voice control and includes SiriusXM satellite radio and available navigation. A very cool 10-colour ambient lighting package and an upgraded premium BeatsAudio sound system with eight-speakers are also being offered as an option.
Volkswagen’s IQ. Drive driver assistant technology is available with a plethora of driver and safety enhancements that include; Forward Collision Warning with autonomous braking, Active Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Keep assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive headlights, and parking distance control.
The 2022 Taos should be available in the summer of 2021 and will come in three trimlines: Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline. Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.