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2022 Volkswagen Taos Prototype New Small SUV Details Revealed

2022 Volkswagen Taos


2022 Volkswagen Taos


Slated to arrive at dealership showrooms in the summer of 2021, Volkswagen's newest compact SUV, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos, enters VW's SUV and crossover lineup sandwiched between the Tiguan and the recently revealed ID.4. It will be built at the Puebla, Mexico plant, and is ready to go head-to-head with its adversaries in the fiercely competitive SUV kingdom. We recently visited the newly expanded Volkswagen Group Test Center in Oxnard, California, to take a quick test drive of a prototype version of the Volkswagen Taos


2022 Volkswagen Taos Prototype: All New 1.5-Liter Engine

The Volkswagen Taos is powered by a new 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A tad bit more powerful than the 1.4-liter engine used in the VW Jetta, this new engine promises to deliver suitable power and excellent fuel economy


Featuring a higher compression ratio of up to 11.5:1, the new 1.5-liter engine uses a high-pressure injection system, map-controlled cooling module, air plasma sprayed (APS) cylinder coating, and a Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) turbocharger. The results of this relatively exotic technology are good low-speed torque, a shorter time to warm up the engine, on-demand engine cooling, and faster heating of the vehicle interior, all in the name of fuel efficiency. Volkswagen's new 1.5-liter engine is the first volume production engine to employ VTG in North America


The Volkswagen Taos is available with two drivetrains to suit your driving style and your local environment. The standard front-wheel-drive Taos gets an eight-speed automatic transmission, a more economical choice for a commuter. For those who see snow or other slippery conditions for a good chunk of the year, there's the all-wheel-drive version, which also offers an optional upgrade to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission


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2022 Volkswagen Taos Prototype: Pricing And Competition


The Volkswagen Taos prototype I drove briefly is close to the eventual production model's targeted configuration, according to Volkswagen. Pricing and fuel economy are yet to be released, but we estimate that the Volkswagen Taos will start somewhere in the ballpark of $22,995. VW's latest compact SUV will compete against the likes of the Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Rogue Sport, and Jeep Compass

2022 Volkswagen Taos