Volkswagen solely launched the Taos within the U.S. a 12 months in the past, however the subcompact crossover has been on sale in China since 2018, the place it is called a Tharu.
A prototype for an up to date Tharu has simply been noticed and sure factors to tweaks we’ll see within the U.S. on the Taos. The up to date variations of each crossovers ought to arrive subsequent 12 months, which for the U.S. will imply a 2024 mannequin 12 months arrival.
Judging by the prototype, there shall be revised designs for the lights at each ends, in addition to new fascia designs, and a brand new grille. It is doable it’s going to additionally get some tweaks inside, akin to an up to date infotainment system.
We presently do not count on any change within the powertrain division for the Taos. The crossover is obtainable completely with a 1.5-liter turbo-4 good for 158 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Entrance-wheel-drive fashions include an 8-speed automated, whereas all-wheel-drive variations have a 7-speed dual-clutch automated. A extra numerous powertrain portfolio consisting of 1.2-, 1.4-, and a couple of.0-liter turbocharged engines is obtainable for the Tharu in China.
Manufacturing of the Taos for the U.S. is dealt with at VW’s plant in Pueblo, Mexico. The automobile managed a good 31,682 gross sales within the U.S. final 12 months, and 2022, which shall be its first full 12 months available on the market, is shaping as much as ship a greater outcome.