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201422 Jul

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WHEN: End 2014 / early 2015

HOW MUCH: Rs 9 - 10 lakh

ENGINES: 1.0-litre TSI turbopetrol (110 PS, 175 Nm) / 1.2-litre TDI turbodiesel (75  PS, 170 Nm)

COMPETITION: Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster


Volkswagen took the wraps off the new Taigun compact SUV, an all-new model based on the up! small car platform at the Sao Paulo motor show in Brazil. This compact utility vehicle is being evaluated for a worldwide launch sometime in end-2014 or early in 2015, and will be a key driver for VW sales in emerging markets like India.


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The new Volkswagen Taigun concept is powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine producing 110 PS of power and 175 Nm of torque. These high figures are possible because of direct injection and turbocharging. VW were pioneers of the mantra of ‘downsizing’ evident from its excellent TSI range of small-capacity petrol engines delivering high power outputs. This engine is similar to the engine VW indicated would be used in the up! GT, when that model goes on sale next year. These figures are comparable to the Ford EcoBoost 1.0-litre engine, which produces 120 PS and 170 Nm, and will be sued in the Ford EcoSport, which is likely to be one of the Taigun’s key rivals when it goes into production.

With a low kerb weight of just 985 kilos, Volkswagen claims the Taigun can accelerate to 10 km/h in 9.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 186 km/h, which is plenty fast for most markets. The Taigun will have to be fuel efficient too, and VW claims it can manage 22.2 km/l in European combined driving cycle measurements. The fact that VW are quoting definitive figures for performance and fuel efficiency indicates that this project is in an advanced state of development, and not just a showcar, so the 2015 debut is entirely possible.

Although the prototype has a petrol engine, it is conceivable that the Taigun could be offered with a diesel heart as well, for which the 1.2-litre TDI engine from the Polo could be a possibility. Of course, this is only speculation given Indian’s preference for diesel, but it is something that VW’s engineers will consider.


vw taigun interior


The Taigun is 3,859 mm long, 1,728 mm wide and 1,570 mm tall. It’s sub-4 metre overall length means that in India it would qualify for an excise relaxation. The wheelbase measures 2,470 mm, which is 14 mm more than the VW Polo, to give you an idea about its size. The Taigun is based on the up! or NSF (New Small Family) platform, and apart from the up! hatchback and Taigun SUV could likely spawn a new compact sedan in the future as well. However, the Taigun remains clearly a front-wheel drive vehicle, despite its SUV-like proportions and ground clearance.


vw taigun side profile ground clearance


VW understands that interior space and comfort is a priority for most passengers in developing markets, and so despite the compact footprint, the Taigun promises to be quite spacious on the inside. Volkswagen also claims the Taigun has a 280-litre boot, which expands to 987 litres with the rear seats folded. The two-part tailgate is another clever piece of design, although not something which hasn’t been done before. In the Taigun the lower one-third of the tailgate opens downward, while the upper two-thirds opens like a conventional hatch.


vw taigun seat layout


Pricing will be key to the Taigun’s success, not just in India but in many markets globally. Presently, VW is struggling to meet its price targets for the up! hatchback in India, which is understood to be the cause of that model’s delay for a market introduction. Will VW have to revisit its approach for the India market? Perhaps, but what remains a certainty is that the Taigun will be a key model to drive VW’s market share in India, if the company can build it to  a competitive price. The launch of the new EcoSport early next year should hold some clues for VW. Either way, it’s win-win once again for the Indian customer.


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