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.
The Tiguan from Volkswagen has a long history when it comes to success. After it was launched back in 2007, it started from having no presence in the German SUV market to being the leader of the pack. It has then stayed at this position since. This is what the new Tiguan needs to keep in mind.
Even when Volkswagen revealed the new version in February 2011, the original Tiguan continued to rank high when it came to SUV registrations in Germany. If that’s not impressive enough, prior to having its production halted, the original Tiguan was the four best-selling passenger vehicles coming after models like the Golf, Polo, and Passat.
Only a few models around the world have experienced such an ending. Indeed, the Tiguan is considered as one of the most successful. Available in five continents, almost 700,000 units of this model have sold after it made its debut in autumn 2007.
There are many reasons for its success and two of these is that it offers great economy and the technical properties it showcases. On a worldwide basis, the Tiguan remains to be one of the Volkswagen models that is highly sought after.
In fact, the Tiguan has excellent showing in markets like Australia, Brazil, China, Russia, Europe, and the U.S. In Germany alone, the market share of this model in 2010 when it comes to the SUV compact segment was 21%.
In the entire Europe, it was 12%. As mentioned, an estimated 700,000 units of the Touareg’s smaller sibling have been sold around the world. With a new look and innovative technologies equipped to it, VW projects that the new Tiguan will continue the success of the first version.