Volkswagen has revealed a new ‘Taos’ SUV for the North American market, scheduled to go on sale in the summer of 2021 as a 2022 model. It’ll be produced at Volkswagen’s Puebla factory in Mexico. Apparently, the Taos will slot under the Tiguan.
Nose to tail, the Taos is 175.8-inches long — 9.3-inches shy of Tiguan — with a wheelbase of 105.9-inches; it is 72.5-inches wide and 64.4-inches tall. As for the styling, the Taos has a typical VW business looks unlike the Tiguan which looks a bit sporty and a lot more appealing. However, it gets ID.4-inspired illuminated light line stretching outward from the logo, adding a contemporary touch.
Depending on the trim, exterior equipment includes LED headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. The options list includes two 18-inch wheels (machined or black finish), 19-inch wheels, and a panoramic sunroof.
The cabin looks fairly contemporary with features including a Digital Cockpit (standard), an 8-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM satellite radio (3-month trial), 10-color ambient lighting, 8-way power driver seat, heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone climate control, heated leatherette steering wheel, and 8-speaker BeatsAudio sound system.
The Taos gets IQ.Drive suite of safety and driver assistance systems as standard. These include Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking, Active Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Keeping System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Travel Assist and Emergency Assist. The options list includes AFS, High Beam Control, and Park Distance Control.
Moving on to the business end of the story, the Taos will be powered by a 1.5-litre version of the EA211 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that develops 160 hp (118 kW) and 249 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. The gearbox will be an 8-speed automatic that drives the front wheels. The 4Motion AWD variants will be coupled with a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic.