Volkswagen has a rich and long history for coming up with interesting design concepts. One of their more recent concepts is the Taigun. You might have read about it in the media, or even checked it out at the Volkswagen website. But if you haven’t, let me tell you a bit more about this car.
The Volkswagen Taigun is a “subcompact crossover SUV.” It was first unveiled back in 2012 at the São Paulo International Motor Show.
Industry experts say that the Taigun will slot under the Tiguan SUV in Volkswagen’s model lineup.
At the Auto Expo 2014 in New Delhi, India, the German car maker will unveil a “near-production concept” of the Taigun. It seems Volkswagen will use feedback from the Auto Expo to help determine if production of this model should start or not.
In-depth: the Volkswagen Taigun
The small SUV is a concept car based on Volkswagen’s “New Small Family” car platform. Its architecture is in use today; check out the “up!” city car for an example.
It is 3.86 metres long and 1.73 metres wide, and is a bit like Dr. Who’s TARDIS; small on the outside, big on the inside! It also has a 2.47 metre wheelbase.
The Volkswagen Taigun is a pretty stylish little SUV but might not be to most people’s tastes. I can see why Vee-Dub aren’t so sure whether taking this model into production is a good idea or not.
Powering the Volkswagen Taigun is a small but efficient 1.0-litre 12-valve TSI engine. The car maker state that this little powerhouse will produce 109 brake horsepower at 5,000 rpm. It will also feature a six-speed manual gearbox attached.
Engine geeks will love the fact that the Taigun’s engine is part of the EA211 series of engines. It uses direct fuel injection, and the turbocharger helps the Taigun get to 62 mph in just 9.2 seconds.
Of course, the Volkswagen Taigun isn’t a car designed for high performance. But it shows how Volkswagen has come a long way with their engine technology.
The eagle-eyed among you will have spotted the Taigun’s familiar styling cues. It got designed to look just like its brothers, the Tiguan and Touareg. And yes, this was a deliberate thing, according to Saxton 4×4.
Some of the key styling features borrowed from its bigger brothers include:
- Rugged side mouldings and panels;
- Protection underneath the chassis;
- Roof rails with LED spot lighting.
The Volkswagen Taigun also features 17-inch alloys. The car maker states that it helps give the car a “purposeful look,” and helps provide the high ground clearance. If you think that this concept might become a lowrider, you’re in for a big shock!
The Volkswagen Taigun has a 280-litre cargo space in the back. You could increase it to 987 litres if you put the rear seats down.
The split tailgate helps making cargo loading a cinch. The top two-thirds opens upwards, and the bottom section folds down.
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