This is the compact VW that we want.
Targeting compact SUV buyers, Volkswagen recently introduced yet another US market-specific crossover to sit below the Tiguan in its lineup. The 2022 Volkswagen Taos will compete against popular options like the Kia Seltos and Mazda CX-30, likely becoming one of the German brand's best-selling options in the US. While we can't argue against VW's business decision to offer another crossover, we wish that consumers cared about practical two-door sports coupes.
Specifically, we'd love to see the return of the Volkswagen Corrado. Built from 1988 to 1995, the Corrado was a sporty compact that overlapped and eventually replaced the Scirocco. Rendering artist Kleber Silva imagined what the Corrado might look like if was still around today. We can all agree, VW needs to build this.
Engine options for the original model included a four-cylinder, a supercharged four-cylinder, and a VR6 engine, so this new model could easily borrow power from the eighth-generation Golf GTI and Golf R. We already know the GTI will produce 245 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and the Golf R should produce over 300 hp.
Silva rendered the modern-day Corrado with clear indications of an internal combustion engine under the hood, but we'd be just as happy with an electric drivetrain. The talented rendering artist already imagined what the Scirocco would look like as an EV, and we think the Corrado could look even better.
The VW MEB platform, which underpins the ID.3 hatchback and ID.4 SUV, offers nearly limitless possibilities for new bodies. It wouldn't be too difficult for VW to base the new Corrado on the same architecture as the ID.3 and ID.4, using the same rear-mounted electric motor producing 201 hp and 228 lb-ft of torque. And although there would not be a Corrado VR6 in this scenario, VW could build a Corrado R model with two electric motors and all-wheel-drive. Sadly, a car like this probably wouldn't make enough money to justify its resurrection.