Snapshot: Volkswagen India will showcase the Taigun Compact SUV at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The Taigun compact SUV, in concept form, was first showcased at the 2012 Sau Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. The Taigun is based on the Volkswagen New Small Family (NSF) platform that also hosts the likes of the Volkswagen Up!, Skoda CitiGO and Seat Mii hatchbacks.
Volkswagen India’s big unveil at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo is the Taigun compact SUV. Although the SUV will be showcased at the Auto Expo, it will still be a couple of years before the Taigun will be produced in India. As of now, Volkswagen is going slow on making new investments in India citing slowing down sales and an uncertain business environment here. All-new products will not be launched before 2015.
Since the Taigun is based on the Volkswagen New Small Family (NSF) Architecture, substantial investments would have to be sunk in to adapt the platform for Indian conditions. Notably, Volkswagen has been testing the Up! hatchback (also based on NSF platform) in India extensively in order to localize parts to drive down costs with the Indian car market in mind.
While the concept version of the Taigun measured 3,859 mm long, 1,728 mm wide and 1,570 mm tall, with a 2,470 mm wheelbase, the production version of the compact SUV could get larger considering the larger dimensions of its direct competition, read Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster. As of now, the Taigun is strictly a 4 seater. The concept version sported a 1 liter-3 cylinder turbo petrol TSI engine good for 108 Bhp-175 Nm.
The production version of the Taigun could make use of the 1.2 liter TSI turbo petrol motor and a 1.5 liter TDI turbo diesel engine that Volkswagen is developing for use in cars sold in India. The Taigun will be Volkswagen’s third SUV model and the smallest of the lot, after the likes of the Tiguan and the Touareg. The Touareg SUV is imported into India through the completely built unit (CBU) route. The Tiguan is an international model that’s not sold in India.