At the Auto Expo 2014 (5–11 February) in New Delhi, Volkswagen unveiled an advanced version of the near-production concept of the Taigun SUV. Comparing it with the previous version, the new concept car features a new rear section with outside-mounted spare wheel. According to the official press release, the Taigun is 3,859 mm long; with mounted spare wheel, it is 3,995 mm; the width of the SUV is 1,728 mm and the height 1,570 mm (with roof rails 1,605 mm).
The SUV uses a wheelbase of 2,470 mm and is powered by a new 1.0-liter TSI engine that generates 110 hp (81 kW) and 175 Nm from 1,500/min. With a weight of just 998 kg, the Taigun accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds, while top speed is limited at 186 km/h.
The engine is combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox and has a fuel consumption of 4.7 l/100km (110 g/km CO2). With a fuel tank capacity of 50 litres, the Taigun has a range of almost 1,000 km.
Volkswagen says that the Taigun was designed for the urban jungle and as a result, it comes with 17-inch alloy wheels and size 205/50 R17 tyres and uses powerful disc brakes. Regarding the design, the SUV is compact and attractive, features flared wings that catch the eye and rugged side trim panels that cover the side sills, wheel arches and lower sections of the bumper.
Practical roof rails with integrated LED spotlights upgrade the vehicle’s off-road look when viewed from the side.
The light signature of the LED daytime running lights frames the grille, thus accentuating the width of the Taigun once more. At the rear, the newly designed concept shows an outside-mounted spare wheel, a rugged metal underbody protection panel and an integrated handle for opening the boot lid in the right taillight.
The Taigun is painted in a friendly pearl effect colour called “Ultra Orange.” The interior design reflects the spirit of the times in our urban world.
The SUV is a fine example of optimal space utilisation. The tailgate encloses a 280 litre bootspace; when the rear bench seat is folded down, cargo capacity in the Taigun equipped with a double cargo floor increases to 996 litres. [source: Volkswagen]