The 2022 Volkswagen Taos

The 2022 Taos is the new Volkswagen subcompact SUV. The Taos model was designed specifically for the North American Region and, as such, the name was chosen to resonate with American customers.


Available Summer 2021

The Taos was revealed this past Fall, and is set to go on sale in the summer of 2021 in both FWD and all-wheel-drive. The vehicle is positioned in the largest U.S. vehicle segment, the compact SUV market, where 4 million vehicles were sold in 2019 around 24 percent of the market. It will slot into the VW compact SUV lineup below both the Tiguan and the all-electric ID.4 SUV.

2022 Taos

How Much Does The Taos Cost?

Pricing has not been released officially but is anticipated to start out at $23,000.



Despite the engine using a bigger displacement and being stronger compared to EA211 fitted in the Jetta, the engine is significantly more efficient in fuel usage. It sports the Volkswagen modified version of the Miller cycle, in which the intake valves have been closed early in the induction stroke to help with fuel economy. For a turbocharged engine, it has a very large compression ratio of up to 11.5 to one.


Key Features That Assist The Taos

Attain a combination of low-speed torque and excellent fuel economy include:

  • APS coated cylinder liners—whereby iron powder is plasma coated onto the cylinder block—that reduce friction between the cylinder liner and piston rings. This process has been localized in the North American Region.
  • A map-controlled cooling module that warms the engine more quickly than the existing EA211 for efficiency and can control water flow in different parts of the engine.
  • Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG). This is the first volume-production turbocharger with this technology in the North American Region. This turbo is more efficient, provides higher boost pressure, and avoids wastegate mass flow.
  • A high-pressure injection system with up to 350 bar—up from 200 bar—which produces better atomization of the fuel/air mixture, a shorter injection time, optimized mixture formation, and lower particulate emissions

Fuel Economy

The upshot is excellent fuel consumption and driving characteristics. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission in the front-wheel-drive model, with a Sport mode. AWD models get a seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission.

“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.”

See For Yourself!

Check out the Taos reveal video from VW and see what everyone is excited about!


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