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December 9, 2020

Volkswagen presents 2022 Taos compact SUV

Volkswagen Taos

Volkswagen Taos

Volkswagen Taos

Volkswagen Taos

Photos: Volkswagen Taos 2022. Images provided by & copyright © Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Herndon, VA. December 09, 2020 — Volkswagen of America, Inc. recently unveiled the all-new 2022 Taos. The Volkswagen Taos will slot under the Tiguan and is the second proof point of Volkswagen’s doubling-up SUV strategy following the launch of Atlas Cross Sport earlier this year. The vehicle comes in the largest U.S. vehicle segment, the compact SUV market, where 4 million cars were sold in 2019—around 24 percent of the market. According to VW, the Taos is small in stature, but big on value, with bold design, smart packaging, and high-end features.

“Taos is our fifth new addition to the Volkswagen SUV family in just four years, and we’re thrilled to keep finding new ways to meet the needs of American families,” said Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “Taos will bookend our compact SUV offering, giving buyers all the style, technology, and drivability that Volkswagen is known for at an even more affordable price.”

The Volkswagen SUV design DNA is apparent in the exterior of the Taos. It bears a bold front end with a sculpted hood and LED light signature reminiscent of the VW Atlas Cross Sport. Top trims feature LED headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) and an illuminated light line stretching outward from the logo, as on the recently unveiled ID.4 electric SUV. The distinctive side profile harkens to the ‘VW Tiguan’ with a strong character line, while the more squared-off wheel arches give ‘VW Atlas’ a nod. Eight colors meet four-wheel designs—17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are standard, with two 18-inch wheels (machined or black finish) and 19-inch wheels available—and a panoramic sunroof is optional, VW said.

Dimensionally, Taos sits at the middle of the entry compact SUV space, in contrast to the Tiguan, which sits at the top of the compact SUV space. Nose to tail, 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. Passenger space is a roomy 99.5 cubic feet—just 1.6 cu ft less than the two-row Tiguan—with 28.1 cu ft of luggage space behind the second-row seats and 66.3 cu ft with the second row folded down. In addition to offering generous cargo space, the Taos provides a comfortable ride for all passengers, with 40.1 inches of legroom in the front and 37.9 in the rear, the company explained.

Inside, the Taos features a modern design and premium fit and finish. The cockpit comprises clean lines with a horizontal focus; the dash décor divides the central touchscreen from climate controls and flows seamlessly into the door inserts, adding visual interest.

Taos offers the latest in Volkswagen connectivity and infotainment technology. The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit configurable instrument cluster comes standard, as does Volkswagen Car-Net with in-car WiFi capability when you subscribe to a data plan.

According to VW, the IQ.DRIVE® suite of driver assistance technology is available on every Taos model. It features Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Braking (Front Assist), Active Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist), Adaptive Cruise Control with a Stop-and-Go feature, Travel Assist, and Emergency Assist. High Beam Control (Light Assist), the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), and Park Distance Control are also available.

The engine 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.

Taos will be produced in the North American Region at Volkswagen’s Puebla, Mexico factory, the company stated.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and is a Volkswagen AG subsidiary, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest passenger cars producer and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Arteon, Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Golf, Golf GTI, Jetta, Jetta GLI, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers.

Source: Volkswagen of America


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