Volkswagen has presented at the Sao Paulo Motor Show an up!-based small SUV in the form of this Taigun which looks quite similar to Dacia’s Duster. The name is an anagram of the firm’s Tiguan model which is being offered in the SUV compact segment. The car is 3859mm long, 1728mm wide and 1570mm tall, with a 2470mm wheelbase.
As a consequence, it is considerably smaller than the Tiguan and the Nissan Juke, while the wheelbase is just 50mm longer than the one of the up! city car upon which the Taigun is based.
The interior cabin can accommodate up to four people and provides 280 liters of cargo room that can be expanded up to 987 liters once the rear bench seat is folded down. Under the hood it comes with a 3-cylinder 1.0-liter gasoline engine that benefits from turbocharging and direct injection to produce 108 hp and a maximum torque of 129 lb-ft at just 1,500 rpm. This power unit is connected to a 6-speed manual transmission that sends the power to the wheels in the front.
According to Volkswagen, the Taigun concept has a curb weight of 2172 pounds (985 kg) and needs 9.2 seconds for doing the 0-62 mph sprint, on its way to a maximum speed of 116 mph (186 km/h). The vehicle is capable of returning 52.3 mpg US (62.8 mpg UK or 4.5 liters / 100 km). The concept rides on 17-inch alloys wrapped around in 205/50 R17 tires and benefits from the ESC electronic stability program.