Based on the Up! platform, the Volkswagen Taigun could be called T-Track compact SUV.
Based on Up! platform, the new Taigun SUV could be Volkswagen T-Track
After ignoring the small SUV space for quite a long time, Volkswagen is finally ready to launch a range of products in this segment. The company will launch the T-Cross Breeze (Polo based) and T-ROC (Golf-based) compact SUVs in the next 1 year. Interestingly, the German automaker is also aiming to enter the sub-4 meter SUV space. If media reports are to be believed, the German brand has approved the development of UP! SUV – Volkswagen Taigun. As a reminder, Volkswagen had showcased the Taigun concept SUV at the 2014 Delhi Motor Show.
The company lately cancelled this project owing to its high production cost. If media reports are to be believed, Volkswagen believes that they need a low-priced SUV for the Brazilian market to rival the Ford EcoSport. The final production-spec model is expected to be launched in late 2019 or early 2020. It is expected to be named Volkswagen T-Track. The German automaker could also launch this SUV in India to improve its sales, though the company has made no official words on this.
Based on Volkswagen’s “New Small Family Platform” that also underpins the Up!, the Volkswagen Taigun compact SUV sits below 4 meter in length. This small SUV has aggressive look featuring short overhangs, LED headlamps, flared wheel arches and roof rails. This compact SUV will use only three-cylinder 1.0-litre MPI or 1.0-litre TSI petrol engines. It will only come in front-wheel-drive version only. Also Read – Upcoming Volkswagen Cars In India
The company hasn’t revealed much-about this product, but some media reports suggest that the production-spec model could be unveiled in late 2019. The vehicle could be launched in 2020. It is quite early to comment whether Taigun will make its way to India or not.
The German automaker will be aiming at an aggressive pricing for this small SUV. Measuring less than 3.8 meter in length, the SUV will be positioned below the Ford EcoSport in terms of pricing and size. The vehicle will first go on sale in Brazil, followed by other nations. We expect the small SUV could be priced in the range of Rs 6 lakh to Rs 8 lakh. You May Also Like – Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze | Volkswagen T-ROC
|Engine||1.0-litre turbocharged petrol|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT & 7-speed DSG AT|
The concept model showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo was equipped with a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine. This engine is capable of producing 110bhp of maximum power and 175Nm of torque. Transmission options include a five-speed manual and a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. It accelerates to 100kmph from rest in just 9.2 seconds and attains a top speed of 186kmph. Only front wheel drive version of the SUV will be launched. In Brazil, the SUV is likely to come with two engine options – a 1.0-litre MPI petrol and a 1.0-litre TSI petrol.
In India, the SUV could share its engine lineup with the Ameo compact sedan. While the petrol unit will get a 1.2-litre TSI unit, the oil burner could be a 1.5-litre turbocharged unit.
The Taigun 1.0L showcased at the Auto Show was claimed to offer an excellent fuel economy of 22kmpl. So expect its diesel-engined model to return an estimated 25kmpl of fuel efficiency.
The new Taigun compact SUV is built on the Volkswagen’s New Small Family platform. It measures 3,858mm in length, 1,728mm in width and 1,570mm in height. Considering its smaller size, this model features a large wheelbase of 2,470mm. This compact SUV is likely to have a ground clearance of around 180mm.
The Taigun SUV will be developed on the Volkswagen’s UP! platform. The model showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo was in its pre-production form. The production model is likely to share most of the styling elements from the concept car. It features short overhangs and aggressive looks, with most of the design cues shared with the larger SUVs – Tiguan and Touraeg. The vehicle showcased at the event had LED headlamps, larger grille and aggressive curves, giving it a sporty stance.
The rear door handles are positioned on the C-pillar, similar to the Mahindra KUV100 and the Chevrolet Beat. At the back, the Taigun has two-piece tailgate that makes it easier to load luggage and offers more flexibility. Other design highlights include skid plates, roof rails with integrated lights, flared wheel arches, etc.
The pre-production model was equipped with high-end features and quality materials. The dashboard was quite sporty and features three dials and small instrument panel. The vehicle also had a touchscreen interface, which sports controls for the Bluetooth connectivity, music system and satellite navigation. The SUV has a boot space of 280-litres, which is more than sufficient to carry 2 suitcases and couple of small bags. The luggage space can be extended by folding the rear bench seat.