VW's next SUV - Taigun concept

2012-10-23 14:01

SãO PAULO, Brazil - Volkswagen’s latest concept car, the Taigun, has been unveiled at the São Paulo Motor show and previews the look of a possible small SUV based on the automaker's new small family platform which underpins the VW Up!

The Taigun is 3.86m long, 1.73m wide and has a 2.47m wheelbase, dimensions that give it short overhangs (708mm front, 681mm rear).


Powering the four-seat Taigun is a new one-litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine capable of 80kW at 5000rpm and 175Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and based on the latest EA211 series with a claimed fuel consumption of 4.7 litres/100km. The Taigun, weighing 985kg, can shift from zero to 100km in 9.2sec and on to a top speed of 186km/h.

The look of the Taigun is deliberately styled to emulate that of its SUV siblings, the Tiguan and Touareg.

Wide tracks (1.4m front and rear) help give the Taigun a purposeful look, while 17" alloys with 205/50 R17 tyres.

Load space is rated at 280 litres which increases to 987 litres with the rear seats down.

The interior of the Taigun is spacious (headroom is 1036m in the front and 980mm at the back).

  • brak.jan - 2012-10-23 16:36

    An SUV based on the UP! platform? Competition for the Jimny? Is there really room for another micro SUV?

      merven.halo - 2012-10-24 08:02

      "Is there really room for another micro SUV" Looking at the fuel prices and where it is going to, I'll say yes. I'm already considering to trade my Jeep in for a smaller SUV.

      raath - 2012-10-25 09:24

      And seeing as VW now owns a portion of Suzuki, it is likely that they are learning from Suzuki

      brak.jan - 2012-10-25 15:39

      @ merven - fair enough. I just don’t see a lot of micro SUVs selling. Hopefully it's a little bit more practical than a Jimny (space for 4 people and a reasonable amount of luggage)

  • raymond.billson - 2012-10-24 08:13

    looks good

  • chriscdow - 2012-10-24 10:09

    "Wide tracks (1.4m front and rear) help give the Taigun a purposeful look, while 17" alloys with 205/50 R17 tyres." is not an English sentence. Get an editor.

      afrikeni - 2012-10-24 13:12

      The editor is there but have no idea what editing means, otherwise these childish sentence construction should have been prevented.

  • magomarele - 2012-10-24 10:12

    more pics please, Wheels24!

  • joseph.mogoru - 2012-10-24 17:52

    @magomarela .... Google for more pics

  • marco.hudson.33 - 2012-10-25 09:35

    A real stunner with an aggresive stance. Well done VW. Big SUV's are overrated.

  • hannah.lombard.37 - 2012-10-29 09:03

    this is sexy....... would not mind trading my Polo for this baby. The main question is when will it be in South Africa?

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