Volkswagen are finally out with the most appropriate contender to the Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster. At the ongoing 2012 Sao Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil, Volkswagen has revealed its latest compact SUV Volkswagen Taigun. Yes we have not misspelled Tiguan and new SUV is indeed named Taigun.
The Taigun is an ambitious model for the German car maker and speaking from the perspective of significance and volumes, it will be equivalent to Volkswagen Golf.
At the Sao Paulo Motor Show unveiling, Volkswagen Sales Chief Christian Klingler said “A small SUV would have promising market potential for example in India, South America, Mexico and partly in China.”
The styling of the car is based on Volkswagen’s design DNA, and is familiar to what we see on the Volkswagen Touareg and Volkswagen Tiguan. Proportion wise it is 3,859 mm long, 1,728 mm wide and 1,570 mm tall and features a 2,470 mm long wheelbase. The Taigun features 17 inch alloy wheels with a 205/50 R17 tire rating. These dimensions give the Taigun short overhangs (708 mm front and 681 mm rear) and purposeful proportions, while the clear, concise exterior styling follows the unmistakable Volkswagen design DNA.
While Volkswagen claims the high ride height helps it deal with rough surfaces, the company says it's very much a vehicle designed for the city.
Designed for the four passengers, the car is powered by a 1.0 litre TSI petrol engine that produces a maximum power output of 110 PS (108 BHP) and peak torque of 175 Nm. Surprisingly despite the bulky feel of the car it weighs less than a tonne, 985 kg to be precise. Because of its light weight the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds and attains a top speed of 186 km/h. Further it returns a healthy 22 kilometers per litre of fuel. Central to this is a new engine, and not a diesel one as you may expect from VW. A 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline unit sits under the hood, putting out 108 horsepower and 129 lbs ft of torque.
The passenger cabin of the vehicle is too modern and very colorful, but considering the fact that it is a concept model only a handful of things seen here will make it to the actual production model.
The interior of the Taigun is simple and spacious (headroom is 1,036 mm in front and 980 mm at the back), with controls pared back to a minimum. The front air nozzles, for example, not only individually control the direction of the air flow, but also the blower speed and the temperature, which is displayed within the nozzle. Meanwhile the central infotainment system can pair with the majority of smartphones, providing an intuitive interface. Above this are mounted auxiliary instrument gauges that display oil pressure, coolant temperature and turbo charge pressure.
Were it to be tested by the EPA, we tend to suggest a difference of 15-20 percent--so the 3-cylinder Taigun could still be a 40 mpg car.
By comparison, a Nissan Juke with its 1.6-liter turbocharged engine gets only 29 mpg combined, with its automatic transmission.
Volkswagen will gauge public reaction before it decides whether to put the Taigun into production. With great styling and an efficient gasoline engine, we hope it does.
Even the styling of the Taigun shows that VW's current design language looks good on just about any size, with its boxy shape and short overhangs, but the automaker says that it is using Brazil's emerging auto show to gauge interest for such a vehicle before making any decisions as to whether or not to put it into production. "Please Comment Your Thought & Question About This Latest Launch"
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