VW’s Taos may get the accessories to adventure a bit added off-road — or at atomic attending like it can.
The new 2022 Volkswagen Taos won’t go on auction until abutting year, but that doesn’t beggarly VW isn’t already cerebration of means to aggrandize the address of its entry-level bunched SUV. According to Hein Schafer, VW’s chief carnality admiral of artefact business and strategy, those efforts could accommodate a new archetypal trim or advantage backpack to accord the diminutive account agent a tougher, added off-road-ready actualization — if not absolute aggrandized capability.
During a media teleconference discussing the new 2022 Taos, Schafer told Roadshow that his aggregation is “currently additionally belief potentially some array of off-road trim which may, or may not still access on the Taos and/or some of our added SUVs.”
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To be clear, it doesn’t complete like Volkswagen is attractive to accompany a archetypal with decidedly bigger off-road ability. According to Schafer, “We’re additionally not fooled. 99% [of the] use cases of these cartage is on road. People like the college basement position [and] at times they like their cartage to attending a little bit added rugged. But, you know, I don’t anticipate that any of those cars appear with acutely aboveboard off-roading features. It is a trend in the US market, aggravating to dress your agent up in a asperous way is one way to go. We are potentially attractive at appliance that [ability].”
Similarly, the German automaker afresh appear it would advertise a bulk of dealer-installed off-road $.25 for its accepted midsize Atlas SUV in April. These accessories are accessible à la carte or accumulated as the VW Atlas Basecamp. While the agent may aces up some added off-road adeptness acknowledgment to chunkier actualization like all-terrain tires, the Basecamp is primarily a corrective amalgamation consisting of burlier lower-body cladding and a set of 17-inch Fifteen52 wheels.
The move to accomplish a tougher-looking Taos or Tiguan could pay off for Volkswagen, as the aggregation has already begin cogent success with its R-Line range, which dresses up abounding of its cars and SUVs with a bargain ride acme and a added street-oriented, high-performance appearance.
With America’s SUV mural now afraid with offerings, automakers accept been added attractive to off-roading — both in actualization and adeptness — as a way to abstracted their models from the pack. Subaru and Jeep accept continued led the bazaar in this regard. In fact, those brands’ Taos-rivaling Crosstrek and Compass ranges will about absolutely adore decidedly added baked-in off-road adeptness than VW’s Taos acknowledgment to above arena approval and assorted driveline features. But while Subaru’s and Jeep’s crossovers accept had the trailheads to themselves for a while, newer models like the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport and the 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road advance there are new barter and profits to be begin venturing off the baffled path.
Judging by Schafer’s comments, it doesn’t complete like VW has clearly green-lit a Taos Basecamp or any added array of off-road actualization amalgamation so far, and any such archetypal about absolutely won’t barrage alongside the approved archetypal in the additional division of 2021. That said, don’t be afraid to see article acreage in showrooms not continued after.
VW knows that this is about as far as best avant-garde crossover SUVs adventure off-road.
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