When it arrives at U.S. dealerships next summertime, Volkswagen’s new 2022 Taos compact crossover will give the brand name a 2nd providing in the crowded, common segment — a product that will be shorter and a lot less pricey than the Tiguan.

The Taos, which will be designed in Puebla, Mexico, is primarily based on the similar MQB modular global architecture as the Tiguan, and it will share a range of the similar elements.

At nine.three inches shorter in duration than the extensive-wheelbase Tiguan offered in the U.S., which has readily available 3rd-row seating — the shorter model is not offered below — the Taos will assistance convey new entry-amount crossover shoppers to the brand name, Volkswagen believes.

“A range of our critical rivals do have two or more compact [crossovers] in the market. They’re earning excellent volumes with that sort of set up, so we are pretty confident that we are adding volume, we are adding functionality below by bringing the Taos in together with the Tiguan,” explained Duncan Movassaghi, executive vice president of revenue and promoting for Volkswagen of America. “The two cars and trucks really do match pretty effectively collectively.”