Volkswagen Taos 2022: many “thinner and lighter” steel parts
The all-new Volkswagen Taos 2022 is supposed to be a smaller, cheaper sibling of the Tiguan, but the crossover still packs a lot of technology and higher-strength steels, according to VW.
The Taos incorporates the MQB platform that Volkswagen uses for many of its recent model generations, so the lower half of the body in white should hopefully not be too shocking to bodybuilders. Obviously, you will still need to check its OEM repair procedures.
The unitary construction frame has two solid mounted subframes with bolt-on front fenders and uses advanced technologies such as the laser clamp welder, which produces wave-shaped ‘swing seam’ welds to help maximize resistance in a limited space, ”Volkswagen wrote specifically on the Taos.
“The stamped steel body and frame contains a large percentage of hot-formed high-strength steel. This technology, combined with the use of newly developed ultra-high strength steels, allows much of the chassis and body to be built from thinner, lighter parts without loss of strength. “
Volkswagen has yet to respond to a survey on the use of other materials, such as aluminum, for weight reduction and crash protection.
The rear suspension of the Taos chassis will change depending on whether your customer has front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. All front suspensions have a strut format, but the rear will either appear as a multi-link suspension (all-wheel drive) or with a torsion beam (front-wheel drive).
Volkswagen said they put a lot of effort into the Taos suspension, so be sure to properly restore its capabilities once the models get damaged.
“Achieving a balanced chassis for these markets requires a lot of work,” said Gerold Bremer, director of technical development at Volkswagen México, in a statement. “For the front-wheel drive Taos, we did 77 iterations of the different chassis components (springs, shocks, stabilizer bars, suspension components, bushings, etc.) to achieve the perfect balance of a smooth ride, which buyers of Compact SUVs appreciate and fun to drive character of a Volkswagen.
In addition to the Taos’ passive structure, repairers should note that the vehicle has significant post-crash technology in addition to its six airbags.
Volkwagen’s post-crash braking function will be standard on all Taos models. In some crashes, the technology will hit the brakes themselves “when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thereby potentially reducing residual kinetic energy and, therefore, the risk of further damage”. It’s like a second layer of automatic braking protecting everyone in situations where a collision could not be avoided. Volkswagen in 2014 said the MQB platform made this feature possible but did not elaborate.
Another standard technology, known as the Intelligent Crash Response System, automatically unlocks doors, kills the fuel pump, and hits hazards in certain collisions.
Other features of the body to note:
- Volkswagen says the Taos listens to other models. The “sculpted hood and wide three-bar grille” are similar to those of the Atlas Cross Sport, and the premium trims mimic its LED lighting, according to VW. The “square wheel arches” are like the Atlas, and the side body line is similar to that of the Tiguan, VW says.
- The bumper shield has side air intakes, lower air intake and black details. The rear fairing is black with silver details.
- Roof rails are standard, but the color changes depending on the trim. A panoramic sunroof is optional for the SE and SEL versions.
- The SE and SEL trims will have body-colored mirrors, while the base S trim will leave them black. Starting with the SE versions, the mirrors are also heated.
- LED headlights, sidelamps and taillights are standard. The SEL top trim adds an “illuminated light line” to the grille, like the fully electric ID.4 and 10-color LED interior mood lighting.
- The washer nozzles are heated from the SE trim and the rain sensing wipers are supplied with the SEL top trim.
Repairers should also pay special attention to vehicle connectivity and telematics.
Volkswagen Car-Net comes standard for five years, which is a big deal considering it will be in place for most of the life of an average serviceable vehicle (6.17 years, per CCC). The connectivity and telematics package includes roadside assistance, which offers the customer free towing to the nearest Volkswagen certified body shop. It also includes monthly vehicle diagnostic reports, although the user can request a check at any time. In theory, the car could report you for ignoring certain issues with the vehicle.
Volkswagen will also allow users to sign up for “DriveView,” which tracks and scores driving behavior and allows participating users to receive premium discount offers “from some of the country’s top auto insurance companies.”
It could also confuse repairers. Coaching drivers on behavior has been shown to lead to improvement, which could lead to fewer accidents to be resolved. Telematics-centric insurers are not necessarily your DRP partners, and they may have the ability to detect accidents and promote their network to Volkswagen customers whose free roadside assistance has ended or who haven’t spent more on it. get Volkswagen’s safe and secure response in the event of a collision.
The Taos starts at $ 22,995 for front-wheel drive and $ 25,040 if you want all-wheel drive. Volkswagen says it’s targeting the popular compact SUV segment in the United States, so you might run into several after its debut in June.
The ADAS is interesting in that no features come standard on the base S version, even the automatic braking that Volkswagen is due to install by next year.
However, S owners can upgrade to Volkswagen’s “IQ.DRIVE” package for $ 995 and get plenty of tech. This includes Travel Assist, which Volkswagen touts as providing “practical, partially automated 0-95 mph driving.”
Drivers should keep their hands on the wheel and monitor the situation at all times, but the car will take care of steering, accelerating and braking in the lane. It also includes Emergency Assistance, which detects whether the driver seems to be doing anything with the steering wheel, whether or not ADAS is on. If he thinks the driver might be incapacitated, the car will gradually slow down and stop in his lane. He also shakes the car a bit and hits the turn signals before catching the attention of other motorists before doing so.
“The Volkswagen Taos 2022: style, performance and value for the compact SUV space”
Volkswagen, May 26, 2021
The architecture of the Volkswagen Modular Cross Matrix is shown. It is the platform for many models of the current generation of Volkswagen. (Supplied by Volkswagen)
A 2022 Volkswagen Taos SEL with 4Motion four-wheel drive is shown. (Supplied by Volkswagen)
A 2022 Volkswagen Taos SEL with 4Motion four-wheel drive is shown. An optional panoramic roof is available for the SE and SEL versions. (Supplied by Volkswagen)