Volkswagen has revealed yet another crossover, with the new Taos slotting in below North America's long-wheelbase Tiguan.
So, exactly how big is the newcomer? Well, the Taos measures 4 465 mm nose to tail, with some 2 690 mm of space between its axles. Interestingly, that makes it only slightly shorter than the Tiguan we know here in South Africa (4 486 mm long), although it’s worth noting the United States receives the long-wheelbase Tiguan Allspace (4 701 mm long) as standard.
In terms of exterior design, the new model clearly draws inspiration from the Atlas Cross Sport offered in North America, with the top-spec variants feaurting LED headlamps and an illuminated line stretching outward from the grille's logo.
In the US, the Taos will be available in eight exterior colours, with four alloy wheel designs measuring from 17 to 19 inches in diameter. A panoramic sunroof will be offered as an option. Inside, you’ll find VW’s centrally sited touchscreen, a digital instrument cluster and two-tone seats.
Power comes from the Wolfsburg-based firm’s EA211 turbocharged 1,5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, here generating 118 kW and 249 N.m. Front-driven derivatives feature an eight-speed automatic transmission, while 4Motion-equipped variants employ a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox.
Since VW has no plans to offer the standard Golf 8 in the US (sticking with the GTI and upcoming R), the new Taos would appear to be its indirect replacement in that market. Still, we don't expect to see this newcomer in South Africa, considering we already have the T-Cross, Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace, with the T-Roc set to join the range soon.