Along with the Taos, there’s the Dodge Durango, Kia Telluride, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Tucson, others that I’m almost certainly forgetting right now, and now the 2022 Volkswagen Taos.
The Audi Albuquerque or the Dodge Denver can’t be far behind.
Ok, enough nonsense. We’ve been teased about Taos for weeks now, and we even knew what would be under the hood, but the envelopes are now completely off.
As we already knew, the Taos will be powered by a 1.5-liter version of the EA211 turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It will produce 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission in front-wheel drive models and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in all-wheel drive models.
Now that the cover is off, we can see that the Taos looks a lot like the bigger VW crossovers – if you want to nickname it an Atlas baby, you wouldn’t be too far off the base.
The design of the lighting up front is similar to that of the Atlas Cross Sport, and the top trims are available with LED headlights and adaptive front lighting. A light bar running through the grille is reminiscent of the recently released ID.4, while the side borrows from the Tiguan, which is the next size. There is more hint of Atlas in the square wheel arches.
Eight exterior colors will be available, along with four-wheel models spread across 17, 18, and 19-inch wheel size choices. Two 18-inch wheels will be available to choose from, one with a black finish. A panoramic sunroof will be available.
The 175.8-inch-long Taos is 9.3 inches shorter than the Tiguan, and its wheelbase is 105.9 inches. The width is 72.5 inches, while the height is 64.4 inches. VW advertises passenger space at 99.5 cubic feet (1.6 less than Tiguan), and the cargo area is listed at 28.1 cubic feet with the second row seats up and 66.3 with them down.
Front legroom is 40.1 inches and the rear is 37.9 inches.
A quick glance at the photos suggests the interior will follow Volkswagen’s theme of putting function over form and using a lot of black. We see large temperature control buttons, a well-integrated touchscreen, and audio control buttons. There appears to be a small storage hole / storage area in front of the shift lever.
Inside, two-tone seats are standard, whether in basic fabric or available leather. Other standard features include automatic headlights, digital gauges, onboard Wi-Fi and push button start. Available features include keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, power driver’s seat, rain-sensing wipers, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, heated side mirrors, wireless cell phone charging, smart phone wireless mirroring, navigation, satellite radio, 8 inch touchscreen, ambient lighting, premium BeatsAudio 10 speakers and heated washer nozzles.
As usual in 2020, many driver assistance technologies are available: forward collision warning with autonomous braking with front assist, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping system with lane assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, travel assistance, high beam control with lighting assistance, adaptive front lighting mentioned above, park distance control and emergency assistance.
There will be three trim levels available (S, SE and SEL) and the Taos will be built not in New Mexico, but in “old” Mexico, in Puebla. Prices and other details will be announced by VW ahead of launch, which is slated for summer 2021.