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Volkswagen reveals the Taigun concept

Baby SUV concept unveiled in Sao Paulo...

Volkswagen has all but confirmed rumours that it will be making a new sub-Tiguan sized SUV by revealing the Taigun concept at the Sao Paulo Motor Show.

The concept is based a stretched Up! platform, but is still a very short car – 566 mm shorter than the Tiguan – and will be a rival to the Mini Countryman, Nissan Juke and the in-house hero car that VW are hoping to emulate sales of – the Skoda Yeti.

The styling is much more overtly butch that any of those rivals though, with sharply creased styling featuring a blunt nose with the standard corporate grille and black body cladding. There are unusually bulging wheelarches front and rear that give the Taigun a really squat stance and when teamed up with the little kink in the rear side window you end up with a really funky looking mini-SUV. At the rear its stock VW-SUV, with broad shoulders and faux skid plates. The concept has a split tailgate but this will be replaced with a normal hatchback in production.

Given the Up! platform the Taigun will only be front wheel drive. Don’t expect the name to carry through to production though – it’s simply an anagram of Tiguan. The production car is rumoured to take advantage of the car’s basis and may be called the HighUp!

The interior uses a very Up!-esque dashboard with the central infotainment cluster, with instrument pods atop the dash and climate control dials incorporated into the air vents. There is a very bright colour scheme which is likely to be offered on the production car if the Up! is anything to go by.

Power is provided by a 1.0-liter TSI engine that produces 108 bhp and 129 lb/ft of torque. It enables the 985 kg mini-SUV to accelerate from 0 – 62 mph in 9.2 seconds, hit a top speed of 116 mph and average 62.7 mpg.

Images courtesy of Volkswagen


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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more