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The Taos will get a 1.5-liter version of the same EA211 turbo-four from, yes, the Jetta.
It will make 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque in the Taos. That’s 11 more horsepower than in the Jetta, and the same amount of torque.
The compression ratio is “up to” 11.5:1, compared to the Jetta’s 10:1. Volkswagen claims that this version of the EA211 will be more fuel-efficient.
Front-wheel drive Taos models (what is the plural of that? Taoses? Taos’s?) will get an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the all-wheel-drive versions will have a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic.
“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.”
The Taos uses VW’s MQB platform and is set for an on-sale date of summer 2011. The compact crossover SUV is 11 inches shorter than the brand’s Tiguan, with an overall length of 174.2 inches.