Although officials are denying it, Volkswagen will produce the Taigun, according to Autoweek. Unveiled back in 2012 at the Sao Paolo Motor Show, the new Taigun will take on cars such as the Ford EcoSport and will fit in Volkswagen’s lineup two classes below the Tiguan. Ford offers 4WD as an option on the EcoSport, but it appears that Volkswagen will only offer the Tiguan as a FWD model due to the fact that it wants economies of scale with the smaller Up city car.
As expected, the German manufacturer will not offer the Taigun in the United States because the vehicle is way too small and features 3-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, which are not loved by the Americans. Still, the Taigun is expected to be a hit in markets such as Asia or South America.
Sources didn’t reveal a timeline for the production but we might expect this new car by 2016, same year when Volkswagen intents to launch a long-wheelbase, second-generation Tiguan previewed by the CrossBlue Concept, shown at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Taigun will be assembled in Sao Paolo, Brazil (left-hand drive) and in India (right-hand drive).
Volkswagen might also build the new car at a third plant in Kaluga, Russia. Although the German carmaker was planning to use the stretched PQ12 platform, the Taigun is likely to be based on the popular MQB platform.
Regarding the engines, the Taigun is expected to offer gas and diesel three-cylinders bolted to either a standard manual or optional dual-clutch gearbox. A natural gas variant is also planned.