Just don't expect it to climb Moab.
Eager to recapture the success of its larger sibling, the Tiguan, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos arrives in the United States ready to take on the subcompact crossover segment with affordable pricing and near-compact sizing. While there is no evidence of any upcoming GTI or R models, Volkswagen recently teased the rugged potential of the Taos with an off-road-oriented Basecamp Concept model. The Taos Basecamp looked ready for an adventure with all-terrain tires, orange accents, and a roof basket, but sadly the production accessories aren't nearly as aggressive.
Volkswagen official unveiled a new accessory line for the 2022 Taos, based loosely on the Basecamp Concept. These parts are similar to what's already offered on the Atlas Basecamp, following that model's popularity. As with the Basecamp package for the Atlas, this new package for the Taos makes it looker tougher than the standard model.
"The Taos makes a bold first impression," said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy at Volkswagen of America. "Our goal is to build on the vehicle's dynamic exterior design and provide customers with an extensive catalog of accessory options that cater directly to their desires for distinctive styling and functionality."
The full package costs $999 and adds front and rear fender flares with integrated splash guards, lower door side plates, and a Basecamp badge in the grille.
All of these additions are available separately as dealer-installed options, except the Basecamp badge, which is only included in the full package. The Basecamp accessory package will be available starting in June 2021.
In addition to the Basecamp components, the 2022 Taos accessory line includes a range of interior upgrades for the adventure-seeking driver. These include rubber MuddyBuddy and carpeted Monster Mats floor mats to keep the floors clean, Bumperdillo guards to protect the rear bumper during loading and unloading, and auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink Connect.