Vw will launch a small crossover below the compact Tiguan, says Walter de’ Silva

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 8, 2011

Volkswagen design chief Walter de' Silva told Automotive News Europe that a small crossover will be launched below the compact Tiguan as part of a plan to expand the crossover lineup. To appeal to a broader audience, VW hopes to add crossovers of various sizes and with different design characteristics. De Silva said that the demand for crossovers is expanding from mature markets to emerging markets. The rising demand prompts a multilateral expansion in its brand offering.

He added that part of the expansion involves the addition of a smaller crossover under the Tiguan, which comes after the large Touareg. JATO Dynamics said that in the first half of the year, the Tiguan and the Touareg were the top sellers in Europe. VW has no model in this small SUV/crossover segment, which is showing quick growth with an 81% increase in sales to 112,530 units.

The Dacia Duster accounted for a majority of the segment's growth with an almost sixfold sales increase to 76,204 units. In addition, VW seeks to launch crossovers with different looks.

This was previewed by the Cross Coupe Concept recently unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. De Silva clarified that the Cross Coupe is not a preview of the next Tiguan, which will retain its traditional proportions. He said that the Cross Coupe gives a first look of how it will attract various customers in the crossover segment.

Participants to Brazil’s 2012 São Paulo International Motor Show once again experienced a treat as Volkswagen unveiled the Taigun Concept, its concept for a new SUV that comes in a compact form. On a more technical aspect, the Taigun Concept has a look that is similar to the brand’s New Small Family. Indeed, should this concept car ever be manufactured, it will complete this range but it signifies an upward direction. The exterior has a design that is in line with the brand’s clear and concise design DNA.

This results in this SUV having a powerful and refined look. According to Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, who is a Member of the Board of Management under Volkswagen Brand’s Technical Development, having a 3-cylinder engine with a strong torque is excellent for a compact SUV as it makes it dynamic and efficient and therefore the perfect partner when cruising around an urban setting.

Indeed, the TSI 1.0-liter engine has an output of 81 kW (110 PS) with peak torque coming in at 175 Nm at 1,500 rpm. However, by adding to this four-seat concept car direct fuel injection that comes with turbocharging technology, it allows the range of its petrol engine to be extended. This alone means that the brand’s downsizing strategy is starting a new chapter.

With weight at 985 km, maximum speed is at 186 km/h and acceleration from 0 km/h to 100 km/h is possible in 9.2 seconds. Combined fuel consumption comes in at 4.5 liters for every 100 km. The dimensions of the Taigun Concept show how compact it is with overall length at 3,859 mm, total width of 1,728 mm, and height at 1,570 mm. Wheelbase though is at 2,470 mm, a bit large when compared to the length of the exterior. As such, the overhangs were made shorter giving it appealing proportions.

Topics: vw, vw tiguan, crossover

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