Paired with the same seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox as it is in those hot hatchbacks but pushing its 273lb ft of torque to both axles, the 2.0-litre EA888 unit can send the Tarraco from 0-62mph in 6.2sec and on to a top speed of 140mph.
Depending on options specified, the Taracco 2.0 TSI is capable of between 31mpg and 34mpg on the WLTP combined cycle, while emitting 191-208g/km of CO2.
The fastest version of the SUV can be specified in FR and Xcellence trims and with a choice of five or seven seats.
The new engine joins petrol and diesel versions ranging in output from 148bhp to 187bhp, plus a new plug-in hybrid with a combined output of 242bhp and an electric-only range of 30 miles.
Production of the new variant is now underway in Wolfsburg, Germany. A date for its arrival in the UK has yet to be confirmed, but it can be expected in the coming weeks, with a price tag of around £35,000 likely, in line with the 2.0-litre TDI.