VW could make its smallest crossover much more interesting.
Judging by other compact crossovers' sales, the new 2022 Volkswagen Taos should end up as a major success. But after VW revealed its new entry-level CUV, we couldn't help but wish the company decided to show off a more exciting product. We've already pitched our crazy idea of reviving the Corrado, but now we have a slightly more viable pitch for VW to consider.
Instead of releasing a cool coupe that will sell in small numbers, why not make the Taos more interesting? We borrowed the idea after viewing some new renderings from artist Kleber Silva, who obviously agrees that the Taos is missing something in the excitement department.
Silva imagined what a sportier version of the Taos might look like. His rendering (shown above) comes in a bold shade of red with a cool two-tone black roof and black mirror caps. It also gets comes Golf GTI and Golf R inspired touches like a more aggressive front fascia, larger wheels, and red brake calipers. To avoid confusion with the GTI, Silva named his creation the Taos GTS.
If such a creation were to make it into production, we'd like to see a more potent engine than the one in the base Taos. We'd get rid of the 158 horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and replace it with the 245 hp 2.0-liter mill from the upcoming Golf GTI. The Taos GTS could rival cars like the Mazda CX-30 Turbo and the upcoming Hyundai Kona N.
Although the idea is far less realistic, Silva also rendered a pickup truck based on the Taos platform. VW has already expressed interest in building a small pickup truck and will even partner with Ford to build one for global markets. We doubt this new pickup will share anything in common with the Taos, but a small truck like this could rival the upcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz. Then again, the Ford Maverick might be a perfect platform mate to a Hyundai pickup truck.