Volkswagen Taos teaser. Image: VW

We speculated before that the Volkswagen Taos would get an present VW engine, possible the 1.4-liter turbo-four from the Jetta.

We had been shut.

The Taos will get a 1.5-liter model of the identical EA211 turbo-four from, sure, the Jetta.

It is going to make 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque within the Taos. That’s 11 extra horsepower than within the Jetta, and the identical quantity of torque.

The compression ratio is “as much as” 11.5:1, in comparison with the Jetta’s 10:1. Volkswagen claims that this model of the EA211 shall be extra fuel-efficient.

Entrance-wheel drive Taos fashions (what’s the plural of that? Taoses? Taos’s?) will get an eight-speed computerized transmission, whereas the all-wheel-drive variations could have a seven-speed, dual-clutch computerized.

“Whereas electrical autos are stealing the headlines nowadays, we’re persevering with to make nice strides with know-how on our inner combustion engines,” stated Johan de Nysschen, Chief Working Officer, Volkswagen Group of America. “The brand new 1.5-liter engine within the Taos makes use of the newest advances in gasoline-engine design to convey excellent gasoline financial system to the compact SUV phase. The Taos will present an extra proof level for the power of the Volkswagen North American Area to ship the best merchandise for our market necessities.”

The Taos makes use of VW’s MQB platform and is about for an on-sale date of summer season 2011. The compact crossover SUV is 11 inches shorter than the model’s Tiguan, with an general size of 174.2 inches.

The Full Monty, so to talk, shall be revealed on October 13. Within the meantime, a number of other outlets have pushed the prototype.

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