The Volkswagen Taos (named for a town in New Mexico) will join a compact small-wagon segment that includes, among others, the Nissan Kicks, Hyundai Venue and Jeep Renegade. The Taos is about 10 inches shorter than the VW Tiguan (although built using a shortened version of that platform) and will come in front- and all-wheel-drive variants. The Taos will resemble the Tiguan-like Volkswagen Tharu sold outside of North America. The engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (exact output is currently unknown) and an eight-speed automatic transmission is also standard. The Taos is likely to arrive by mid-2021 with a Sleuth-estimated base price of $22,000.
The upcoming Volkswagen Taos will slot in below the Tiguan. It will look similar to the Tharu (pictured) that’s sold outside of North America. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN