Competes with: Chevrolet Trailblazer, Jeep Compass, Mazda CX-30, Subaru Crosstrek
Looks like: A shrink-wrapped Volkswagen Atlas
Drivetrain: Turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 158 horsepower and front- or all-wheel drive; eight-speed automatic transmission (FWD) or seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic (AWD)
Hits dealerships: Mid-2021
Volkswagen doesn’t think the Tiguan is cutting it for SUV shoppers on an entry-level budget, and officials say a short-wheelbase version of the SUV that’s sold overseas would be too costly to offer here. So instead we get the Taos, a new SUV with a length and a wheelbase landing part way between the Tiguan and micro-SUVs like the Ford EcoSport or Chevrolet Trax.