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VW has revealed an off-road focused concept of the Taos that they're calling the "Basecamp". It's inspired by the Basecamp accessories that are available on the Atlas.

This would be a great way to get more people interested in what the Taos can do. I hope VW actually offers these for sale with the Taos.


Inspired by the positive response from the 2019 Atlas Basecamp Concept and the Basecamp accessories line offered for Atlas models, Volkswagen has created a one-of-a-kind concept build that highlights the adaptability and adventurous style of the new Taos compact SUV.

The Taos Basecamp Concept was conceived by the Volkswagen Design Team in Oxnard, California, and incorporates bold fender flares, all-terrain wheels and tires, and a new color scheme. Contrasting silver rocker cladding ties into the front and rear skid plates to complement the rugged appearance that is reminiscent of the previous Atlas Basecamp concept vehicle.

“The Taos is a great compact SUV from the start,” says Reto Brun, Director of the Volkswagen Design Center California. “Following the design strategy we established with the 2019 Atlas Basecamp Concept, the Taos Basecamp Concept is refinished in Waimea blue paint with gloss black trim elements and a matte black hood and roof. Orange accents in the Basecamp badges, mirror caps and side decals were incorporated to punctuate the Basecamp design identity.”

The modifications for the Taos Basecamp Concept were designed for those who want to travel off the beaten road. Upgrades include a raised suspension from H&R Special Springs LP, custom Traverse MX wheels by fifteen52 wrapped in 225/65R17 Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail tires, and a custom Thule Canyon XT roof basket with integrated off-road LED lighting from Baja Designs.¹ Its interior has been modified with a custom cargo divider supplied by Polytec Group to allow the driver the ability to store away their key sporting accessories, including ropes and carabiners.

“Many are venturing into the great outdoors and require vehicles with the innovations to accommodate their active lifestyles,” says Robert Gal, Senior Manager of Performance and Accessories at Volkswagen of America.

It also features several elements of the future Taos Basecamp production styling package. These enhancements include aggressive front and rear fender flares with integrated splashguards, lower door skid plates, and a one-of-a-kind Basecamp badge designed to be displayed on the car’s front grille. The badge and other styling package components were manufactured and provided by Air Design.

The Volkswagen team plans to debut the Taos Basecamp Concept in Helen, Georgia, from May 20 to May 23. The Taos Basecamp concept will serve as the first Volkswagen to debut the latest Gentex HomeLink Bluetooth® enabled frameless mirror with integrated compass.

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This is interesting news. Thanks for sharing! It is indeed a very nice concept. If VW wants to come out with a production model of this Basecamp concept, they better ruggedize certain mechanical components that can take the rigours of off-roading such as the transaxle, robust drive train, and a better high-torque tranny (a pedestrain version of the DSG might just give up half-way). Even if VW inends to maket his concept as a not so off-road, off-raod vehicle, there will be owners that will treat this as a mini-Land Cruiser or Jeep and take to extreme off-roading adventures simply because the special badging implies that it can take any kind of outdoor adventure.
 

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VW is always revealing these concepts but never delivers.
Ford, GM, Toyota, Jeep… they often deliver these ideas as packages or aftermarket kits.
I personally wouldn’t want this kind of kit, but I can’t get excited about any concept when VW doesn’t do anything other than deciding that a mini-Tiguan with a weird black facia is cutting edge style, or an electric SUV needs a bizarre silver false roofline, which they they make black in lesser trims.
 

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Welp, that was fast. The concept - like always - is nicer, but its good to see VW putting some accessories out there. Now if we could just get a builder and some delivery dates.
Now if only they could deliver on a performance version as quickly 😉. But I fear that’s not even in the cards.
 

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Now if only they could deliver on a performance version as quickly 😉. But I fear that’s not even in the cards.
Guessing that'd be in another year at least... I'll just be happy if I can get my hands on an AWD version in the next two months.
 

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I’d be pleasantly surprised if they ever offer something like that; hasn’t been their way in the US market so far.
 

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VW will be selling these accessories for the Taos!

 

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Welp, that was fast. The concept - like always - is nicer, but its good to see VW putting some accessories out there. Now if we could just get a builder and some delivery dates.
I saw at least 3 (US) “dealer inventory” type videos for the Taos on YT yesterday. - so the good news is the cars have started arriving.
 
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