VW has unveiled the 2022 Volkswagen Taos, which an entry-level compact crossover that slots below the Tiguan and ID.4 in the automaker’s lineup. The Taos will will rival the Ford EcoSport globally as and the Puma in Europe, since the latter is not coming to North America, in the crossover B-segment.
On the outside, the Volkswagen Taos wears familiar VW design cues, including its wide-reaching front fascia, squared-off wheel arches, a sculpted hood, and LED lighting similar to the Atlas Cross Sport. Adaptive front lighting is standard on top trims. The Taos is available in eight different exterior colors and with standard 17 inch or optional 18 or 19 inch wheels.
The Taos rides on VW’s MQB modular transverse architecture, and measures in at 175.8 inches long with a wheelbase of 105.9 inches, and is is 72.5 inches wide and 64.4 inches tall. Passenger space comes in at 99.5 cubic feet, with 40.1 inches of legroom in the front and 37.9 in the rear. Luggage space measures 28.1 cubic-feet behind the second-row seats and 66.3 cubic-feet with the second row folded down.
The Taos is powered by VW’s 1.5L EA211 turbocharged four-cylinder engine that currently powers the Jetta sedan. It produces 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission in the front-wheel-drive model, while models with 4Motion all-wheel drive get a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.
On the inside, the Taos features standard two-tone seats, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, and an available MIB3 infotainment system with wireless charging and wireless App-Connect. Meanwhile, VW’s IQ.DRIVE suite of driver assistance technology is available on every Taos model.
The 2022 Volkswagen Taos will be available in S, SE, and SEL trim and is scheduled to go on sale in summer of 2021. The Taos will be produced at Volkswagen’s Puebla, Mexico factory. More details, including pricing, will be announced closer to launch.