The Volkswagen Taos Basecamp Concept looks ready to take on the outdoors, thanks to the trinkets VW's US arm has thrown into the compact SUV.
The Taos Basecamp Concept was conceived by Volkswagen's Design Team in Oxnard, California, and wears 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 inspired by the previous Atlas Basecamp concept vehicle. The Atlas is the seven-seat SUV sibling of the Taos.
The modifications for the Taos Basecamp Concept were designed for those who want to travel off the beaten road, VW said.
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.
Its interior has been modified with a custom cargo divider supplied by Polytec Group. This will allow the driver the ability to store away accessories such as ropes and carabiners.
Its modifications continue, as VW said it also features several styling packages of the soon-to-be Taos Basecamp production car.
These enhancements include aggressive front and rear fender flares with integrated splashguards, lower door skid plates, and a 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 Taos is a great compact SUV from the start,” said Volkswagen Design Center California Director Reto Brun. “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,” he explained.
“Many are venturing into the great outdoors and require vehicles with the innovations to accommodate their active lifestyles,” Volkswagen of America Performance and Accessories Senior Manager Robert Gal observed.
Volkswagen plans to debut the Basecamp Concept in Helen, Georgia, USA this May. The concept will serve as the first Volkswagen to debut the latest Gentex HomeLink Bluetooth enabled frameless mirror with integrated compass.
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