The Volkswagen Taos entry-compact SUV, which slots into the brand’s burgeoning SUV portfolio below the Tiguan and ID.4 EV models, is the latest product to be built on the company’s versatile modular transverse toolkit, or MQB. It has also been specifically tuned for regional markets by engineers within the North American Region.
When it came to the Taos chassis tuning, the Chassis Development team of 55 engineers from Puebla worked hand-in-hand with engineers from Germany and the U.S. to hone the ride and handling balance for this market. The Taos uses a strut-type front suspension, but has different rear suspension setups for the all-wheel- and front-wheel-drive models: AWD models have a multilink layout while FWD versions get a torsion beam.
From the Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga, TN, and the Innovation and Engineering Center California in Belmont, CA, to the NAR Engineering Workbench in Puebla, Mexico, Volkswagen now has approximately 1,500 engineers in the region in seven facilities. Their remit includes advanced user interface research, AI, autonomous driving, emissions testing, vehicle design, battery research, powertrain calibration, and chassis setup.
The lively 1.5-liter turbocharged and direct-injection EA211 engine makes 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and a smooth shifting eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. Thanks to sophisticated technology which includes variable geometry turbocharging, the Taos is expected to deliver excellent fuel economy.The Taos is expected to go on sale in June.via/read more: media.vw