Volkswagen Taigun mini SUV revealed at the 2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show

Volkswagen has officially revealed their mini SUV concept, Taigun at the 2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show. VW Taigun is expected to go into production by 2014. Taigun compact SUV will be placed below their Tiguan SUV. Though introduced in Brazil, Volkswgen Taigun will be launched globally, where it will compete with the likes of Nissan Juke, Fiat 500 XL, Chevrolet Trax, MINI Countryman, Ford EcoSport, etc. In India, one can expect to see the Taigun by 2015. The demand for small SUV’s in India too is rising drastically. Recently launched Mahindra Quanto gathered 5,000 bookings in just 21 days.

Volkswagen Taigun is based on their NSF – New Small Family model, on which the UP! is also based. Volkswagen then plans to introduce similar sized models from their different brands like SEAT, AUDI, and Skoda. Taigun is 151.9 inches long, 61.8 inches tall and 68.0 inches wide. Compared to Tiguan, Taigun is 22.3 inches shorter, 5.1 inches lower and 3.2 inches narrower. Taigun wheelbase is at 97.1 inches while it has a track width of 58.0 inches, which is 7.1 inches shorter and 3.8 inches narrower than Tiguan.

VW R&D head, Ulrich Hackenberg describes the new Taigun as confident, logical and clean. The Taigun will be powered by the new range of VW engines which will also be soon on the UP! GT models. Taigun will be powered by a 3 cylinder 1.0L petrol engine generating 108 bhp, which is more powerful than their existing 1.2L than generates 104 bhp. Peak torque delivered is at 129 lb-ft while transmission is taken care by a six speed manual gearbox. VW Taigun will have a topspeed of 116 mph and will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 9.2 seconds, delivering fuel economy of 50 mpg approximately.


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Sagar Patel

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A first drive in a manual rickety old van was enough to pave the road forward for Sagar Patel. When not driving or riding, his dexterity shifts gear to voice passion through words via reviews, and news, all the while, closely monitoring updates from the auto industry.

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