If you happen to be in the market for a Volkswagen crossover there are numerous models to choose from, one of the most popular being the Tiguan. Soon, the brand's crossover lineup will grow bigger. The German marque will launch another crossover in the market, and it will be even smaller than the Tiguan.
They're calling it the Taos.
The new Volkswagen Taos is set to debut on October 13. According to the automaker, the upcoming crossover is specifically designed for the North American market. Even the name itself was made to resonate with American customers. For reference, the Taos name is a reference to a small city in New Mexico which boasts a 400-year history and is home to a 1,000-year-old Native American community,
“We’re thrilled to announce the name for the newest member of the Volkswagen family. It was important to choose a name that really embodied the nature of the car and the town of Taos, New Mexico was a perfect fit. It’s a small city that offers big things—from outdoor adventure to arts and design and great cuisine,” said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President for Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Apart from the name, Volkswagen also gave us a sneak peek of the Taos. At the moment, we can only see its silhouette and LED headlight signature. Judging by the shape of the headlights, the front end will not look like the facelifted 2021 Tiguan revealed earlier this year. Instead, it takes on a more squarish shape similar to the Atlas.
No details about the Taos have been released just yet. As a result, powertrain options are still in the air. However, some engine options from the Tiguan could be carried over since it will ride on VW's MQB architecture platform. As such, expect front-wheel drive to come standard while will be available all-wheel drive as an option.
Since the Taos is intended for the US market, it is unlikely we will be getting it in the Philippines. Sad because it would make for a great model considering the popularity of small crossovers. At the same time, it would give customers more crossovers to choose from apart from just the Tiguan.