The 2022 Volkswagen Taos has officially launched for the US market, however the compact SUV is unlikely to be offered in Australia anytime soon.
Set to slot into the line-up below the Tiguan, the model will effectively serve as an unofficial replacement for the standard Golf in North America.
Power is derived from a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 117kW and 249Nm.
Offered in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, power is sent to the road via an eight-speed automatic or seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.
Customers can choose from eight colour schemes and four alloy wheel designs.
Automatic headlights, two-tone seats, push-button start, and Volkswagen digital cockpit come standard, while options include keyless access, a panoramic sunroof, climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a heated leatherette steering wheel, heated seats, and the MIB3 infotainment system.
The IQ.DRIVE driver assistance package can also be optioned – this features forward collision warning with autonomous braking, active blind spot monitor, lane keeping system, adaptive cruise control with a stop and go feature, travel assist and emergency assist.
There will be three trim levels available, with those being S, SE, and SEL.
SE and SEL interiors will get the MIB3 infotainment system with wireless App-Connect and an 8-inch touchscreen.
The Taos will be built in Mexico, and US pricing is set to be announced in early 2021.
However, a spokesperson for Volkswagen Australia told CarAdvice “we’re not aware that the Taos will be manufactured in right-hand-drive.”
“If it were to be, a compelling business case would be required given that Volkswagen in Australia has the T-Cross and T-Roc covering the compact SUV segment.”