Volkswagen recently introduced the ID.4 electric SUV, but in a few weeks, VW will unveil another addition to its SUV lineup, the Taos. VW will unveil the Taos on October 13, but today, VW has revealed what will power its new entry-level SUV.
The VW Taos is powered by a version of the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that powers the Jetta, but its been enlarged to 1.5-liters and gets several other upgrades to give it more power. The 1.5-liter engine generates 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.
VW hasn’t announced the fuel economy specs for the engine, but it says that even though it’s larger and more powerful than the EA211 engine in the Jetta, it’s also more fuel efficient. The 1.5-liter engine features a modified version of the Miller cycle, where the intake valves are closed early in the induction stroke to help with fuel economy.
Compared to the Tiguan, the Taos is 11 inches shorter at 174.2-inches long.
After its debut next month, the 2022 VW Taos will arrive in the summer of 2021 in both front- and all-wheel drive versions.