According to VW, the Taos will be positioned below the Tiguan (which is 11 inches shorter) and ID.4 in the North American market.
Use of a variable geometry turbine (VGT), which for the first time is equipped in a mass-produced vehicle in North America; High pressure fuel injection, above 200 bar;
The engine will be an EA211 1.5 TSI with 158 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque, unlike the technology used in the 1.4 TSI, the 1.5 engine uses the Miller cycle, which improves fuel consumption. The model will be offered in the following configurations: 4x2 front-wheel drive with 8-speed automatic transmission or AWD with 7-speed DSG transmission.
“While electric vehicles are stealing the headlines these days, we are continuing to make great strides with technology on our internal combustion engines,” said Johan de Nysschen, Chief Operating Officer, Volkswagen Group of America. “The new 1.5-liter engine in the Taos uses the latest advances in gasoline-engine design to bring outstanding fuel economy to the compact SUV segment. The Taos will provide a further proof point for the ability of the Volkswagen North American Region to deliver the right products for our market requirements.”