The recently introduced Volkswagen Taos is a compact SUV, the smallest in their range, with a 1.5L turbo engine and available all-wheel drive. Opt for that 4Motion capability, and they start at just $25,040. Which is the perfect starting point for this commute-friendly concept you could easily take into the backcountry on the weekends.
The biggest functional improvement is the raised suspension with larger 225/65R17 tires, visually enhanced with flared fenders. While those tires may not sound like much, they are all-terrain Falken Wildpeak A/T treads, and they’re quite a big bigger than the stock 225/55R17 tires. That’s a 1-7/8″ difference in tire height (28.52″ vs 26.74″), which should improve rollover nicely.
The full list of custom touches includes:
- H&R Special Springs LP
- custom Traverse MX wheels by fifteen52
- 225/65R17 Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail tires
- Custom Thule Canyon XT roof basket with integrated Baja Designs LED lighting
- Custom Polytec Group cargo divider behind back seats
- Aggressive front and rear fender flares with integrated splashguards
- Lower door skid plates
- One-of-a-kind Basecamp badge
- Waimea blue paint / gloss black trim / matte black hood and roof / orange accents
What’s impressive about this concept (beyond the good looks) is that it shows this mini SUV can handle a more aggressive stance with a few aftermarket parts. Pick and choose the brands you want.
The VW Taos Basecamp Edition is just a concept for now. But many of the Basecamp accessories and ideas that were originally shown on their larger Atlas SUV have ended up for sale in some way, so we could see these becoming a fully warrantied, dealer-installed option at some point. Fingers crossed.