2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show: Vw unveils the Taigun Concept

Article by Christian A., on October 22, 2012

At this year’s São Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil, Volkswagen unveiled the new Taigun Concept, a new compact SUV. Resembling the the very contemporary New Small Family by Volkswagen, the new Taigun is 3,859 mm long, 1,728 mm wide and 1,570 mm tall. Moreover, between the front and rear bumpers, the vehicle sports a wheelbase of 2,470 mm, which is large in relation to its exterior length.

Under the hood, we find a three-cylinder 1.0-liter TSI engine delivering 81 kW / 110 PS and 175 Nm pf torque at a low 1,500/min. With a total weight of just 985 kg, the new Taigun is able t accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 9.2 seconds and has a top speed of 186 km/h or 115 mph.

Nevertheless, the vehicle has a fuel consumption of just four and one-half litres of fuel per 100 km. In terms of design, the new Taigun carries the same design line seen on the latest Volkswagen vehicles and we can say that it’s front end is inspired by the bigger Cross Coupe Concept.

Painted in Seaside Blue, the Taigun features flared wings, rugged side trim panels as well as practical roof rails with integrated LED spotlights. The exterior design is completed by the 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 205/50 R17 tyres.

Inside, the Taigun features many storage surfaces and exceptionally good space conditions that generate very positive spacious feeling. Furthermore, we see a clean design that it is seen at the current Volkswagen models.

Linking the front and rear ends of the new VW Taigun SUV concept is a sculpted character line running under the side windows as it transitions into the C-pillars as it reaches the rear. Meanwhile, the lower body section of the concept features visually stunning yet rugged side trim panels that cover the side sills and wheel arches as well as lower part of the SUV’s bumpers.

The new VW Taigun SUV concept comes with short front and rear overhangs – measuring 708 mm and 681 mm, respectively – enabling it to look pleasantly attractive while allowing the optimization of its interior space. Moreover, the concept is provided with practical roof rails with integrated spotlights utilizing LED technology.

Up front, the new Taigun SUV concept is laden with lines marked by horizontal design elements. Its possibly off-road nature is underlined by the fact that its front and rear bumpers feature integrated metal underbody protection panel. At the rear, the concept is also defined by horizontal lines as well as by a two-section tailgate. The upper section extends down to the lower edge of the rear lights and then swings upward, while the lower section extends to the underbody protection and then swings downwards to the road.

On the other hand, the new Taigun SUV concept comes with an interior that well adapts to the modern urban world. Its cabin – with its design, surface feel and control layout -- will be surely liked by customers who are very familiar with the latest smartphones or tablets. In terms of cargo room, the new Taigun SUV concept offers a boot space that could accommodate 280 liters, which could be increased to 987 liters when the rear bench seat is folded down.

Press Release

VW Taigun Concept

At the 2012 São Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil, Volkswagen has presented the concept of a newly developed SUV in compact format in a world premiere: the Volkswagen Taigun Concept.

Technically, the Volkswagen Taigun Concept resembles the very contemporary New Small Family by Volkswagen, which it would round out in an upward direction if it were to be produced. The concept\'s exterior look follows the very concise and clear Volkswagen design DNA. This gives the Sport Utility Vehicle a sophisticated and powerful appearance. The VW Taigun is 3,859 mm long, 1,728 mm wide and 1,570 mm tall. Between the front and rear bumpers, the vehicle sports a wheelbase of 2,470 mm, which is large in relation to its exterior length. The results: short overhangs and appealing proportions.

The four-seat concept car is powered by a new 1.0-litre TSI engine with 81 kW / 110 PS. The Volkswagen Taigun Concept engine extends the range of the three-cylinder petrol engines by adding direct fuel injection plus turbocharging technology, which opens a new chapter in downsizing strategy at Volkswagen. The engine delivers a high torque of 175 Nm at a low 1,500/min. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand for Technical Development, comments: \"The torque-strong three-cylinder is an ideal engine for such a compact SUV; it is a companion for driving through the urban environment that is as efficient as it is dynamic.\" The lightweight concept car, weighing 985 kg, has a top speed of 186 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds; its combined fuel consumption is about four and one-half litres of fuel per 100 km.

The Volkswagen Taigun Concept, which is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels and size 205/50 R17 tyres, is also adept at handling offroad terrain thanks to its high engine torque and high ground clearance. Also providing a plus in active safety is the ESC electronic stabilisation programme.

The styling of the concept car, which is painted in \"Seaside Blue\", lives up to its sophisticated technological concept. The Taigun has an exterior look that is independent, confident and very logical and clean. In a side view, the flared wings catch the eye; their powerful form is smoothly integrated into the side section and extends into the doors.

The front and rear sections of the concept car are visually joined by a precisely sculpted character line beneath the side windows; at the rear, this line transitions into the C-pillars.

In the lower body area, the rugged side trim panels are appealing; they cover the side sills, wheel arches and lower sections of the bumpers. The vehicle\'s short overhangs are advantageous both visually and for space utilisation; in front the overhang is just 708 mm, and at the rear 681 mm. Last but not least, practical roof rails with integrated LED spotlights upgrade the vehicle\'s look in side profile.

Like the Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg SUVs, the Taigun also exhibits lines that are dominated by horizontal design elements in front. A metal underbody protection panel was designed into the bumper. This was also done at the rear bumper. Overall, horizontal lines also define the styling at the rear section. The tailgate of the concept is designed in two-part construction. The upper section that extends down to the lower edge of the rear lights swings upward, while the lower section (1/3) extending to the underbody protection swings downwards towards the road.

As on the exterior, the designers developed a look for the interior that reflects, in its clarity, the spirit of the times in our urban world. Those with an affinity for the latest smart phones or tablet computers will also like the interior design, the feel of its surfaces and the layout of controls in the Volkswagen Taigun Concept. The SUV is also a prime example of optimal space utilisation. The tailgate encloses a 280 litre bootspace; when the rear bench seat is folded down, cargo capacity increases to 987 litres.

The operation of all interior functional elements is intuitive. Furthermore, the clean design, many storage surfaces and exceptionally good space conditions generate a very positive spacious feeling. Meanwhile, the youthful colour and material combinations highlight the offroad character of the Volkswagen Taigun Concept. Similarly, the concept development team designed individual solutions for user controls in the SUV as well. They include dials in the air nozzles on the dashboard - which for the first time can be used to control the temperature and blower speed and read their settings.

Topics: vw, concept, crossover

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