Volkswagen shows Taigun CUV Concept at Sao Paulo Motor Show
Volkswagen’s latest concept car, the Taigun, has been unveiled at the Sao Paulo motor show. From the pictures, it is evident that the small crossover is based on VW’s small family platform which underpins the recently announced VW Up as well.
Just like the Up, the Taigun is measures at just 3.86 metres long and 1.73 metres wide, but spacious on the inside, thanks to a generous 2.47 metre wheelbase. These dimensions give the Taigun short overhangs and purposeful proportions. Despite of its smaller proportions, the VW Taigun has more interior space and headroom that the current Golf.
Under its bonnet is a small gasoline 1.0-liter direct-injected and turbocharged three-cylinder engine based on the latest EA211 series, generating 108 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque through a six speed manual gearbox. This makes the 985 kg Taigun go from 0 to 100kph in 9.2 seconds and on to top speed of 186 kmph. Claimed fuel consumption stands at 4.7 litres per 100 kilometres.
The look of the Taigun is deliberately styled to emulate that of its SUV siblings, the Tiguan and Touareg. Wide tracks help give the Taigun the SUV stance, while 17-inch alloys with 205/50 R17 tyres provide high ground clearance. This is, however, very much a vehicle for the urban environment. The high driving position gives the driver an optimum view in traffic, while there’s plenty of room for luggage, thanks to a 280-litre load-space that increases to 987 litres with the rear seats down.
The automaker says that it is using the Sao Paulo motor Show to gauge interest for such a vehicle before making any decisions as to whether or not to put it into production.