As the decade turns toward 2021; Volkswagen celebrates over 80 years of automotive production and is continuing its legacy with the release of the Volkswagen Taos. The Taos has been teased in North America for months now, and consumers are starting to get excited about its imminent reveal in October of 2020. Speculation on the vehicle is absolutely wild, as Volkswagen gears up to once again wow the crossover/SUV crowd with this model that seemingly caters to both worlds. Once again pushing greatness with all that modern Volkswagen vehicles have to offer, the company is excited to release the next big thing.
Despite several extremely limited teasers that Volkswagen has released, there is a good deal known about the Taos, and a good deal that we can safely speculate. In China, there is already a crossover Volkswagen vehicle on the road called the Tharu, and in South America a similar vehicle exists called the Tarek. It is speculated that a slightly different version of these models will become the North American Volkswagen Taos. The size is smaller than the Tiguan and looks to be intended to compete with a Subaru CrossTrek or a Jeep Compass, both of which are currently dominating the compact SUV market in the United States.
The vehicle is most certainly going to be a smaller size than the infamous Volkswagen Tiguan. Volkswagen’s Tiguan has been an absolute jump-start for the brand’s ability to cater to people looking for larger cars with more capability at the same Volkswagen price point. The interior is a great choice when looking for more space, and not only can seat five or more but has multiple configurations for cargo storage. For some drivers, however, bigger is not necessarily better and all eyes are looking to Volkswagen on the eve of the Taos; a newer, more advanced, and smaller vehicle.
The Volkswagen Taos looks to modeled after the Tiguan as well, just in slightly smaller stature with a few notable upgrades to increase the capability and aesthetic of the line. What we can tell from various teasers is an active LED strip connecting the two dual-LED headlights across the grill frame, no doubt to increase what is bound to be an already athletic look. Powertrain details are unclear, but more than likely it will come down to a choice between the Tiguan’s 2.0L 4-cylinder engine or a smaller turbo-four to increase the overall fuel efficiency. The vehicle is likely to come standard in front wheel drive, but Volkswagen is determined to make their 4Motion AWD system an accessible option.
As motor companies across the world strive to meet modern demand with technology, size, efficiency, and range, the Taos may yet prove to be the ultimate crowd pleaser. If its sister-models the Tharu and the Tarek are any indicator, great things are coming to the U.S. from this already well-established motor company. Comparable vehicles such as the CrossTrek from Subaru or the Jeep Compass are on the rise, and the time is right for Volkswagen to throw its hat into the ring in the ongoing competition for best crossover vehicle.