Vee Dub says its Taos compact SUV receives a new more efficient version of the EA 211 engine that powers the Jetta and Golf. Displacement grows from 1.4 to 1.5 liters. Horsepower, likewise gets a bump from 147 to 158.
Fuel economy steps up a notch due to several innovations: a modified Miller-cycle induction stroke (intake valves close earlier than usual), high 11.5-to-one compression ratio, reduced-friction cylinder liners, precise and quick engine warm up, variable turbine geometry (more efficient turbocharger) and high-pressure fuel injection. Emissions are cut, too.
The Taos, which is 11 inches shorter than a Tiguan, should offer good low-end torque and economical operation. The front-drive version dons an eight-speed automatic transmission. The AWD Taos uses VW’s seven-speed direct-shift gearbox.