Volkswagen Taigun will compete with Ford EcoSport and Mahindra Quanto: Sub 4 meter SUV’s in India

Yesterday, Volkswagen unveiled their all new mini SUV called Taigun at the 2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. At just 3.85 meters long, Taigun…

Yesterday, Volkswagen unveiled their all new mini SUV called Taigun at the 2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. At just 3.85 meters long, Taigun is expected to arrive in auto markets around the globe by 2014. Once launched in India, Volkswagen Taigun will compete directly with the Ford EcoSport, which arrives in India next year. EcoSport too is a sub 4 meter SUV and so is Mahindra Quanto which was launched last month in India and received record bookings of 5,000 in just 21 days.

Just like EcoSport, which is powered by Ford’s next gen 3 cylinder 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine, Volkswagen too will be powering the Taigun with their next gen 3 cylinder 1.0L engine which will also power their new cars like UP! GT. In the Taigun, the new Volkswagen engine will deliver 110 PS power and a peak torque of 175 Nm @ just 1500 rpm. According to Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand for Technical Development, comments: “The torque-strong three-cylinder is an ideal engine for such a compact SUV; it is a companion for driving through the urban environment that is as efficient as it is dynamic.”

Volkswagen Taigun mini SUV can attain a top speed of 186 kmph and can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in just 9.2 seconds. Volkswagen says Taigun will deliver a mileage of 22.22 kmpl approximately, thanks to its lightweight of just 985 kgs. VW Taigun tire size is at 205/50 R17 with 17 inch alloys.

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