Volkswagen Taos is a new crossover of the German brand

Volkswagen Taos is a new crossover of the German brand

September 17, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The German brand will call its new crossover Taos. The name refers to a city in New Mexico (USA). In the model range of the German brand, the new product will take place below the current Tiguan. The crossover will debut on October 13, with sales starting next year.

“We are thrilled to announce the name of a new member of the Volkswagen crossover family,” said Hein Schafer, senior vice president of product marketing and strategy for Volkswagen of America. “It was important to choose a name that truly reflected the character of the car, and the city of Taos in New Mexico (USA – editor’s note) was perfect. It is a small town that offers great opportunities – from outdoor adventures to art, design and great cuisine. ”

VW says the new Taos crossover is designed specifically for the North American market.

Earlier information suggests that Taos is related to the Tarek crossover, which was built for the South American market, and the Tharu, which was an SUV designed for China.

Teaser images of the new Taos released by the German brand’s press office suggest that it does not look identical to the aforementioned vehicles. One of the main changes is a strip of LEDs that runs along the front of the car, covering the space between the headlights.

In China, the Tharu comes with a 148 horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter engine or a 184 horsepower 2.0-liter engine. Both powertrains come with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and front or all-wheel drive.

VW is said to be mass-producing the new Taos at its Puebla plant in Mexico. The crossover will be assembled at the same production facilities, which previously assembled the city car Beetle. Following the October debut of the new crossover, expect sales to begin in 2021 with the Taos being offered as new for the 2022 model year.

Not so long ago, we wrote that a prototype of a “charged” VW Golf R Variant station wagon was seen on tests. A test prototype of the powerful German station wagon was caught off guard at the Nürburgring racetrack. The new car, which will be able to boast of impressive dynamic characteristics, quite confidently passed high-speed corners.