Exterior design of the all-new Volkswagen Taos
The 2022 Taos is a completely new model that should start to appear in VW showrooms in the spring of 2021. Leading up to its official reveal, we learned about its engine specs and size details. Now, we have even more information about its handsome design and available features, but we're still waiting on final pricing.
The Taos will be powered by VW's new turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It makes 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Front-drive versions will feature an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel-drive models will have a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The front-drive and all-wheel-drive Taos also have different rear suspensions, with the former using a torsion-beam setup and the latter using a more sophisticated multilink design. A set of 17-inch wheels are standard, but 18- and 19-inchers are also available. While we've had the opportunity to drive a prototype Taos, the event didn't give us much insight into the tiny crossover's performance. However, we appreciated the engine's low-speed thrust, the transmission's unobtrusive operation, and the suspension's composure on even roads.
Neither the EPA nor Volkswagen have announced fuel-economy estimates for the upcoming Taos. Once those ratings are reported—and we have a chance to put one through our extensive testing regimen—we'll evaluate its real-world mpg on our 75-mph highway route.
Check out an up-close look at the exterior styling of the all-new 2022 Taos.