Volkswagen has officially revealed the concept model of the Taigun compact SUV at the Sao Paulo motor show in Brazil. This compact SUV will see a global launch in 2015 and may be launched in India as well.
The Taigun concept is a four-seater SUV and its production model will compete with cars like the Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport when launched in India. This may also get re-badged as a Skoda vehicle which will be priced lower than the Volkswagen Model, as is common practice.
The compact SUV is based on the Volkswagen UP’s NSF platform’s stretched version and is 3859 mm long. It is also fairly wide at 1728 mm suggesting decent interior space and its height of 1570 mm means it will offer reasonable headroom as well.
The Taigun concept sports a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol motor that makes 108b bhp of power and 175 Nm of torque. This is the same motor used in the upcoming UP GT model. The engine in the Taigun is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and has a kerb weight of 985 kg. Its light weight means that the Taigun can reach the 100kph from a standstill in 9.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 187 kmph.
The concept vehicle was not a four-wheel drive variant because the NSF platform is fit only for front-wheel drive at the moment. Volkswagen’s design chief, Klaus Bischoff described the Taigun as “confident, logical and clean” as per Autocar.
It interiors draw their inspiration from present day smart phones and will have a clean and sorted look to facilitate visual clarity. It aims to ensure that there is simplicity of operation modern day fit and finish.