Volkswagen did not do a lot to the Taos for 2024. As is going on with fairly a number of fashions amongst numerous automakers, VW’s utilizing 2024 as a holdover 12 months for the Taos whereas it prepares a refreshed model in 2025. And as inducement to consumers to not await the 2025 mannequin, VW launched an evergreen and endlessly fashionable Black Package deal for the mid-level SE trim. The explanatory supplies say it “accents the daring exterior styling of Taos with black wheels, a black roof, darkened exterior design components, and projector headlights with an illuminated entrance grille.” Inside, consumers will discover the standard smattering of shiny black trim, paired with blue stitching. Pricing begins at $30,365 for the SE Black in front-wheel-drive guise earlier than the $1,425 vacation spot price, which comes out to $31,790. Getting energy to the rear axle means paying $33,440 for the SE Black 4Motion.
The package deal is not on the Taos configurator at VW’s retail website on the time of writing. So far as we will inform, the package deal provides $2,200 to the worth of the FWD trim, $2,400 to the worth of the AWD trim, with $395 of the premiums being the black wheels which can be accessible on the configurator. Talking of which, the above Taos is the closest we might get to the SE Black utilizing the configurator; the actual mannequin needs to be even blacker, relying on the outside color chosen.
VW did not do a lot else to the vary. The IQ.Drive driver help package deal is now normal on each Taos, bringing adaptive cruise management and lane-keeping help to even the bottom Taos S. That trim degree additionally picks up a normal heated leatherette steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers. And the SE trim degree picks up dual-zone computerized local weather management.
Whereas a VW press launch is likely to be the one place one finds this particular “Taos” and “daring” in the identical sentence, the mini Atlas nonetheless considered one of our top-recommended SUVs and is doing a little gutsy comparatively numbers on the gross sales sheet. A couple of vehicles virtually personal this crossover house, the Subaru Crosstrek and Bronco Sport each doing nicely over 100,000 items apiece within the U.S. final 12 months. Beneath these, the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Hyundai Kona, Jeep Compass, and Mazda CX-30 reside within the pink zone close to 100,000 items. The Taos has been on sale three years within the U.S., going from practically 32,000 items in 2021 to 50,371 items in 2022 and 58,890 items final 12 months. That is a pleasant little gross sales curve conserving the Taos simply behind the Kia Seltos and its 60,053 gross sales within the U.S., and everybody’s forward of the fading Jeep Renegade that did simply 26,012 gross sales final 12 months.