- Faster, lighter, shorter – VW is shrinking the SUV
- Offshoot of the Up
- Only space for four people
- A 110 hp from one liter displacement
Faster, lighter, shorter – VW is shrinking the SUV
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At the São Paulo International Motor Show 2012 in Brazil, Volkswagen presented a world premiere of the study of a newly developed SUV in a compact format: the Taigun.
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Technically, the all-rounder is close to the New Small Family from Volkswagen.
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On the outside, the front-wheel drive study follows the concise and clear Volkswagen design. The sport utility vehicle appears high-quality and powerful.
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The taigun is 3859 mm long, 1728 mm wide and 1570 mm high. Between the bumpers there is a wheelbase of 2470 mm, which is large in relation to the external length. Result: short overhangs…ge and crisp proportions.
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The four-seater study is powered by a new 1.0-liter TSI engine with 81 kW / 110 PS.
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The Taigun engine extends the range of three-cylinder petrol engines to include direct injection with turbo technology. The unit already produces a torque of at a low 1500 rpm …175 Nm available. There is only room for four people.
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When it comes to interior design, VW cites a relationship to smartphones or tablet computers.
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All functional elements in the interior should be intuitive to use. The clear design, the shelves and the generous amount of space create a pleasant feeling of space.
First the Opel Mokka, now the Volkswagen Taigun. Small SUVs fit in with the times because they take up less space and are more economical. The offshoot of the Up is still just a study.
M.one is smaller: for many years, SUVs couldn’t be big enough. Even at the beginning of the year, brands like Lamborghini and Bentley fought an arms race for the thickest thing for the moguls.
But now the wind has turned and everyone is looking at the little Kraxler: They need less fuel, get around town more easily and simply fit in better with the times, says market observer Nick Margetts and predicts a great future for the bonsai models. It has already started with mocha for Opel, for example, and the Hessians are as proud as Bolle that no other German manufacturer has come up with the idea yet.
Offshoot of the Up
But this joy doesn’t last long. Because now VW has jumped on this bandwagon and unveiled the Taigun at the auto show in Sao Paulo. Officially yet another study, it underscores unmistakably the intention of Lower Saxony that the adventure trips below the Tiguan will soon go even further, close to series production.
However, the Taigun is not a child of the modular transverse matrix, but comes from the so-called New Small Family and is therefore an offshoot of the Up small car. That may mean doing without all-wheel drive, which nobody needs in the jungle of the big city anyway. But the format can be limited to 3.86 meters and the weight can be reduced to less than 1000 kilos.
Only space for four people
With its high ground clearance and armor made of sturdy plastic, the Taigun, which is properly armed for adventure, is around 60 centimeters shorter and ten centimeters lighter than the Tiguan. However, it only offers space for four people, who should sit quite neatly with a wheelbase of almost 2.50 meters. With a capacity of 280 liters, the trunk is as big as the Polo. And if that’s not enough, you can fold down the back seat: Then you can lift almost 1,000 liters of cargo through the horizontally split flap into the sleek and stylish interior.
While there are still a few small question marks behind the overall concept, at least the drive is already ripe for series production. Because behind the Taigun’s neat grill, there is a three-cylinder turbo that will soon also power the Up GT.
A 110 hp from one liter displacement
From one liter of displacement it gets 110 hp and 175 Nm, which is enough for a sprint value of 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 186 km / h. If the engine is installed in the flatter and significantly lighter up, the 200 mark should no longer be a problem.
Of course, the Taigun is so far only a study. But it has long been an open secret that VW is still launching at least one little climber below the Tiguan. If that is based on the Taigun, then the Lower Saxony actually have the smallest Kraxler to date – and the almost 40 centimeter longer Opel Mokka is suddenly just cold coffee.
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