Volkswagen’s forthcoming small crossover SUV will be known as Taos, the automaker announced Thursday. After stringing together a series of teasers throughout the year, as well as rampant speculation over whether the small crossover model sold in Europe will be imported here, the Volkswagen Taos will be designed specifically for North America.
Aside from saying that the Taos name “was chosen to resonate with American customers,” Volkswagen provided no other details aside from its premiere on Oct. 13.
Taos is a small mountain town in New Mexico known for its arts and culture and outdoor recreational opportunities. Taos is also the language spoken by a Pueblo tribe of Native American Indians.
The name resonates with Volkswagen’s global nomenclature for its crossover SUVs, which tend to start with a T. In North America, Taos will slot under the Tiguan compact crossover that…