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News 2022 Volkswagen Taos Unveiled as the Brand's New Entry-Level SUV

2022 Volkswagen Taos Unveiled as the Brand’s New Entry-Level SUV

The new Volkswagen Taos will slot beneath the Tiguan in the VW SUV lineup when it arrives in Summer 2021

  • Will pack a standard turbocharged engine with 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque

  • 4Motion all-wheel drive and a dual-clutch, 7-speed DSG automatic will be offered

  • The 2022 Volkswagen Taos will offer 795 litres of cargo space with all seats in place and 1,877 litres of space with the rear seats folded down

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos unveiled today will be the fourth SUV in the Volkswagen lineup when it arrives next summer. Following the launch of the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport this year, the Taos will be the new entry-level SUV in the VW family.

That means it’s the smallest and the most affordable, but it isn’t a subcompact or an urban SUV. At 4,466 mm long, the Taos is actually a second compact SUV for Volkswagen and will compete with many of the same rivals of the Tiguan, albeit at a lower price point.

It’s 24 centimetres shorter than the Tiguan, but thanks to a 2,689-mm wheelbase, it offers 2,817 litres of total passenger space which is 45 litres less than the Tiguan. Cargo space is rated at 795 litres which is about 280 litres less than the Tiguan. With all seats folded down, the Taos has 1,877 litres of cargo space which is about 200 litres less than the Tiguan.

2022 Volkswagen Taos | Photo: Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Tiguan is currently one of the longest and largest compact SUVs. It’s also one of the most expensive. Volkswagen felt there was room towards the lower end of the segment for a second model. Hello 2022 Volkswagen Taos.

Powering Volkswagen’s new utility vehicle is a 1.5-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The engine is essentially the same powertrain as found in the current Jetta, but it delivers 11 more horsepower and the displacement increases from 1.4-litre to 1.5-litre. 4Motion all-wheel drive will be available

Pricing hasn’t been announced, but Volkswagen says the 2022 Taos will come in three versions: Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline.

2022 Volkswagen Taos vs Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX-5 and other compact SUVs

Volkswagen put a lot of emphasis on design with the Taos, both inside and out. The overall styling is typical VW which means its elegant and refined, with very few complicated design elements. 17-inch wheels are standard, 18-inch and 19-inch wheels are available.

Interestingly, Volkswagen is doing away with the traditional instrument cluster, and instead replacing it with a standard digital cluster. Other standard features or available options include dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, automatic headlights, push-button start, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and the full suite of IQ.Drive active safety technologies.

We are not sure yet how each feature will breakdown in the 2022 Volkswagen Taos lineup. The new model will be built at the Puebla factory in Mexico and deliveries will start in summer 2021.

2022 Volkswagen Taos | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Taos | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Taos | Photo: Volkswagen

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