Volkswagen is increasing its crossover lineup with the compact 2021 VW Taos. Even though it is immediately recognizable as a Volkswagen with a great deal of styling cues shared with the Tiguan and Atlas Grand Sport, the Taos gets VW’s new horizontal LED lights strip throughout its grille on the selection-topping SEL (see the ID.four) additionally a selection of pseudo rugged styling prospers on each individual trim. These contain black plastic lower cladding and fender flares, lifted roof rails, and alloy trim on the entrance and rear bumpers that mimic skid plates. Apart from serving as an apparent point of distinction with the more regular, spouse and children-welcoming Tiguan, this more rugged look is the telltale indication that the Taos was developed specifically for the North American current market exactly where outdoorsy-themed versions like the Subaru Crosstrek and Toyota RAV4 Experience are booming. 

Volkswagen’s versatile MQB architecture underpins the Taos, which stretches a hundred seventy five.8 inches from stop to stop, 72.five inches broad, and 64.four inches tall. For context, it truly is about nine.three inches shorter than a Tiguan, and only a few inches more time than the increasing record of “in-betweener” crossovers that bridge the gap in between subcompact and compact alternatives. These contain the Kia Seltos, Chevy Trailblazer and Jeep Compass. Its cargo capacity is regular with those people, also, as there is 28.1 cubic toes with 5 older people on board and 66.three cubes with the second-row seats folded flat. Back seat legroom is 37.nine inches. 

From the driver seat, horizontal traces on the dashboard emphasize the crossover’s width, and the standard structure looks familiar if you have seen the most latest Volkswagen Jetta. A 6.five-inch touchscreen is conventional on the base Taos S, though the SE SEL get an 8-inch device operating Volkswagen’s most recent MIB3 infotainment process. Every single Taos also gets an all-electronic instrument panel measuring possibly a conventional 8 inches or 10.25 inches on the selection-topping SEL.

Other conventional attributes contain two-tone fabric upholstery, automatic headlights, and a press-button ignition. An in-vehicle Wi-Fi relationship is included, also, though being connected on-the-go necessitates a details system. Motorists ready to invest more can unlock attributes like leather upholstery, heated and ventilated entrance seats, rain-sensing wipers, a navigation process, additionally a wi-fi product charger.

Volkswagen notes that the Taos is “obtainable” with the IQ.Generate bundle of digital driving aids, including forward collision warning, automatic unexpected emergency braking, lane-keeping support, blind-spot warning, and adaptive cruise manage with prevent-and-go capacity. Of study course, “obtainable” implies that those people attributes are optional, whereas most competitors at minimum contain forward collision warning and automatic braking as conventional devices. 

As we’ve already described, the Taos takes advantage of a gas-sipping evolution of the Jetta’s 1.four-liter turbocharged motor. Enlarged to 1.five liters and modified to run a modified Miller cycle, the new 4-cylinder provides 158 horsepower and 184 pound-toes of torque. It spins the entrance wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission in its conventional configuration, though the optional 4Motion all-wheel-generate process brings with it a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic as effectively as a more refined multi-connection rear suspension. The entrance-generate Taos has a torsion beam at the back.

Irrespective of the rugged look, the Taos shouldn’t be viewed as for nearly anything but the lightest of off-street duty. Volkswagen failed to specify ground clearance, but it isn’t going to look particularly lofty. The enterprise did suggest, nonetheless, that it is still looking at a more able trim amount along the traces of the Toyota RAV4 Experience or Jeep’s Trailhawk trims.

Constructed in Puebla, Mexico, along with the Jetta and Tiguan, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos will arrive in showrooms in the summer season of 2021. Potential buyers will at first have 3 trim concentrations named S, SE, and SEL, respectively, to choose from. Pricing details will be declared closer to the crossover’s on-sale date, but Volkswagen indicated all through a presentation to journalists Friday that we can count on it to start off all over $three,000 much less than the Tiguan, give or acquire a few hundred dollars. That would set the starting off cost all over $22,000, and thus inline with the Kia Seltos, Subaru Crosstrek and Jeep Compass. 

As for the title, the Taos follows the Tiguan and discontinued Touareg as Volkswagen crossovers with T names that are difficult to pronounce (Atlas is the non-T outlier). Although the Touareg was named immediately after a nomadic North African men and women and Tiguan is the combination of the terms “tiger” and “iguana” (significantly, that is just not a joke), the title Taos is borrowed from a picturesque modest town in northern New Mexico and is pronounced like “house.” 

Ronan Glon and James Riswick contributed to this report.