After the recent launch of Vento, Volkswagen has yet again revealed a new concept called the Taigun at the Sao Paolo Motor Show in Brazil. Volkswagen’s R&D chief Mr. Ulrich Hackenberg reported to one of the sources of AutoCarIndia that this new concept Taigun would be sold worldwide but would be reaching India before 2016. Volkswagen’s this release was showcased at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil in October last year and would aim to compete compact SUV’s such as Ford Ecosport, Renault Duster and the upcoming Mahindra’s S101 in the Indian market.
The Taigun will get tailor-made treatment for Indian roads and could avail the tax benefits of sub-4-metre, it is believed to be initially developed for South America and will eventually introduce the compact SUV in India but not before 2016. Coming to the technical specifications, Taigun would not be provided with a 4-wheel-drive but would be powered with a 3-cylinder 1.4-litre diesel motor for Indian roads which is under development and has a maximum power of 110 PS at a torque of 175Nm which would be controlled via 6-speed manual transmission gearbox. Taigun is expected to accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 9.2 seconds with a top speed of 186 kmph.
The new patent images, obtained by Chinese website auto.sohu.com, suggest that much of the concept’s new styling will carry over into production. While the SUV’s imposing guards have been slimmed down, the production Taigun will wear the same basic front and rear-end styling seen with the concept. Built on the same NSF platform that underpins the tiny Up! hatch, the Taigun measures 3859mm long and 1728mm wide, with a 2470mm wheelbase. That is 300mm longer than the Up, but less than 100mm wider, while the wheelbase is extended by 50mm and the driving position is higher.
Although the dimensions are compact, the overall styling renders a muscular and a balanced appearance to the mini SUV.
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