Volkswagen has unveiled its Taos Basecamp Concept vehicle, in part, it seems, to draw attention to its new crossover utility vehicle and in part to offer a preview of future accessories and even upcoming design elements for the production vehicle.
VW calls the show vehicle “a one-of-a-kind concept build that highlights the adaptability and adventurous style of the new Taos compact SUV.” The project was done by the VW Design Team based in Oxnard, California and features fender flares, all-terrain wheels and tires, and a new color scheme.
“The Taos is a great compact SUV from the start,” according to Reto Brun, director of the VW 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.”
VW notes modifications designed for those who want to travel off the beaten road, including raised suspension from H&R Special Springs LP, 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.
Inside, there’s a custom cargo divider by Polytec Group.
The Taos Basecamp Concept makes its debut May 20-23 at Helen, Georgia, where the Alpine Volks Fair is being held.