The Volkswagen Taos is a compact crossover SUV produced by the German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen. It was first released in October 2018 as the Volkswagen Tharu in China, while a restyled version of the Tharu emerged as the Taos in October 2020 for the North American and South American markets. The vehicle is positioned above the T-Cross, and below the long-wheelbase Tiguan, sharing the position with the T-Roc and the short-wheelbase Tiguan.
2020 Volkswagen Tharu (China)
|Also called||Volkswagen Tharu (China)|
February 2021 – present (Americas)
|Model years||2022– (North America)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Compact crossover SUV (C)|
|Body style||5-door SUV|
|Layout||Front engine, front-wheel-drive|
Front engine, all-wheel-drive
|Platform||Volkswagen Group MQB A1|
|Battery||44.1 kWh (e-Tharu)|
|Electric range||315–415 km (195.7–257.9 mi) (e‑Tharu, NEDC)|
|Wheelbase||2,690 mm (105.9 in) |
2,680 mm (105.5 in) (China)
|Length||4,465 mm (175.8 in) |
4,453 mm (175.3 in) (China)
|Width||1,841 mm (72.5 in)|
|Height||1,632–1,635 mm (64.3–64.4 in)|
The Taos/Tharu is based on the Volkswagen Group MQB A1, with its platform closely related and numerous sheet metal shared with the SEAT Ateca, Škoda Karoq and the Jetta VS5. Formerly known as the 'Project Tarek', the Taos name sold in the Americas is named after a small town in New Mexico paying tribute to John Muir, who authored a repair book and manual dedicated to past Volkswagen models.
In the North American market, the Taos was revealed in 13 October 2020 for the 2022 model year. It is the fifth new addition to the Volkswagen SUV family in the last four years. The Mexican-built Taos slots directly below the Tiguan, which is solely available in a long-wheelbase guise in the market, while also acts as an indirect replacement to the discontinued Golf. The positioning made the Taos being dubbed as a subcompact crossover SUV by journalists.
The North American Taos is powered by a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine known as the TSI Evo which packs 158 hp (160 PS; 118 kW) and 184 lb⋅ft (249 N⋅m; 25 kg⋅m) at 1,750 rpm borrowed from the Jetta. Front-wheel-drive models feature an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the 4Motion all-wheel drive is coupled with a 7-speed DSG transmission.
Volkswagen of America confirmed that its Digital Cockpit system is standard on all trims, replacing the physical instrument cluster dials with a reconfigurable 12.3-inch display. The Taos can function as a Wi-Fi hotspot and is available with a wireless charge pad. All but the base model will feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen and the latest MIB3 infotainment software. Volkswagen will sell the Taos in S, SE, and SEL trims.
The Taos for the Mexican market is powered by a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine from the Volkswagen EA211 TSI engine family paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 1.4 TSI engine produces 150 hp (152 PS; 112 kW) and 25.5 kg⋅m (250 N⋅m; 184 lb⋅ft) of torque. In Mexico, the Taos is available in Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline trims.
Introduced in 13 October 2020, the vehicle is also sold as the Taos with a identical styling to the North American Taos. For this market, the vehicle is produced in General Pacheco plant in Argentina. It occupies a segment between the T-Cross and Tiguan. Instead of the TSI Evo engine, the Argentinian-built Taos is powered by a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder TSI gasoline engine producing 150 hp (152 PS; 112 kW) and 25.5 kg⋅m (250 N⋅m; 184 lb⋅ft) which is sourced from the São Carlos engine plant in Brazil and supports flex fuel. The engine is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Tharu was presented as a near production model called the 'Powerful Family SUV' in March 2018. Built by SAIC Volkswagen, the vehicle became available in China in late October 2018. The name of the SUV is named after Tharu people, living in Nepal and Northern India. The vehicle is assembled in three locations, including in Western China in the city of Ürümqi.
|1.2 TSI||1,197 cc I4||118 PS (87 kW; 116 hp)||200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft)||6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG|
|1.4 TSI '280 TSI'||EA211||1,395 cc I4||150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp)||250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft)||6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG|
|2.0 TSI '330 TSI' 4Motion||EA888||1,984 cc I4||190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)||320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft)||7-speed DSG|
The electric version of the Tharu was released in November 2020. It is equipped with electric motor that produces 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) and 290 N⋅m (214 lb⋅ft) of torque. The vehicle is powered by a 44.1-kWh battery pack rated at 315 km (196 mi) of range (NEDC). Driven at a constant speed of 60 km/h (37 mph), the e-Tharu is claimed to be able to travel 415 km (258 mi) between charges.
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