Volkswagen’s design team has explained how the OEM developed the 2022 Taos interior to appeal to younger buyers by incorporating modern shapes and colors and an upmarket feel in the compact SUV.
“The interior design of [the]Taos reflects the simple yet modern shape of the sculpted exterior,” said Dmitry Panov, interior designer for the Taos. “There’s a clean and recognizable theme, which harkens to other models in the Volkswagen SUV family.”
With room for five passengers, the Taos has been given a split-level dashboard, with the top level consisting of a glossy décor element surrounded by the air vents, Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit, and the MIB infotainment touchscreen, which is angled toward the driver for ease of use. The dashboard’s lower level features a soft-touch surface running the entire width of the Taos all the way through the door panels.
On the entry level S model, two-tone cloth seats feature and are available across the lineup alongside other material options such as a combination of cloth and leatherette or just leather. With a visual connection being a key focus for the design team, the same material used on seat covers has then been used for other soft décor pieces.
“You can choose between a cool color scheme with neutral grey and black, or a warm color scheme where black is paired with a French roast,” explained Clara Schober, color and trim designer for the Taos. “Across the trim lines, we added contrast stitching for an additional visual pop.”
Additional options are available, such as a panoramic sunroof on the SE and SEL trim levels, and on the range-topping SEL, a 10-color ambient lighting pack comes as standard alongside the fully customizable Volkswagen Digital Cockpit with a 10.25in display.
The 2022 Taos is expected to arrive at Volkswagen dealerships in June.