We didn't have to wait very long for recent reports of a new small Volkswagen crossover to come true... well, sort of. In a side note to our report on a seven-passenger VW CUV last week, we also mentioned the possibility of a new sub-Tiguan crossover, and we may have gotten our first look at such a vehicle courtesy of this Volkswagen Taigun Concept that is debuting at the São Paulo motor show.

Although the Taigun Concept suggests that VW has all but given up on imbuing its new vehicles with comprehensible names, this new softroader also looks to balance practicality and fuel economy. With a slightly smaller footprint than the current Golf, the Taigun actually has more interior space (including more front headroom), but it's the powertrain that could really make this B-segment CUV standout if it sees production. Using a small gasoline 1.0-liter direct-injected and turbocharged three-cylinder under the hood, the Taigun Concept still has pretty respectable small car numbers, generating 108 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. However, the true beauty of this engine is that VW puts its fuel economy numbers at 4.7 liters per 100 kilometers – around 50 miles per gallon on the EU cycle.

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.

For more info on VW's latest concept, check out the official press release below.
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VOLKSWAGEN SHOWS COMPACT SUV CONCEPT AT SAO PAULO SHOW

22/10/12

Volkswagen's latest concept car, the Taigun, has been unveiled at the São Paulo motor show, and previews the look of a possible small SUV based on the New Small Family platform, which underpins the award-winning up!.

Just like the up!, the Taigun is small on the outside – at just 3.86 metres long and 1.73 metres wide – but big on the inside, thanks to a generous 2.47 metre wheelbase. 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.

Powering the four-seat Taigun is a new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 110 PS at 5,000 rpm and pushing 175 Nm (129 lbs ft) of torque through the six-speed manual gearbox. The engine is based on the latest EA211 series, and with the use of direct fuel injection and turbocharging it is able to return a combined fuel consumption of just 4.7 litres per 100km (60.1 mpg), despite being able to take the 985 kg Taigun from zero to 62 mph in 9.2 seconds and on to 186 km/h (115 mph) top speed.

The look of the Taigun is deliberately styled to emulate that of its SUV siblings, the Tiguan and Touareg, as is evident in the rugged side panels, underbody protection and practical roof rails with LED spotlights. Wide tracks (1,473 mm front and rear) help give the Taigun a purposeful look, while 17-inch alloys with 205/50 R17 tyres, high ground clearance and plentiful torque enable it to deal with rough surfaces. This is, however, very much a vehicle for the urban environment: the high driving position gives the driver an optimum view in traffic, while there's plenty of room for luggage, thanks to a practical 280-litre loadspace that increases to 987 litres with the rear seats down. What's more, the tailgate is split, with the top two-thirds opening upwards and the bottom third folding down, making loading even easier.

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.

Volkswagen will be monitoring public reaction to this vehicle before taking a decision on whether to put the Taigun into production.


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      lu.andrew
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tiguan/Taigun Touran/Routan Looking forward to the day all VW model names will be anagrams of each other... LOL
      Vergenbuurg
      • 2 Years Ago
      I misread that as "Trigun" at first... whoops.
      ocampo86
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it
      igoka
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please VW, do make this. Make it with an optional TDI power plant. I will buy one.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @igoka
        The latest petrol engines are just as good. Fifth Gear, the other gearheads motoring program here in the UK besides Top Gear, test drove the 1.0 litre Ford Focus, and were blown away. It was just as good at accelerating as the 1.6 it replaced, but way more economic on fuel. And those guys and guyesses are petrol heads.
          vc-10
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          The 1.0 Focus might drive amazingly, but is terrible for fuel economy. It does wonderfully on the official figures, but is hopeless in the real world. A low as 35mpg (IMP- 30mpg US) is normal. The equivalent Golf 1.2 TSI engines are more like 45mpg, and that's with the current lardy Mk.6 Golf, not the lighter Mk.7 which also features stop-start and regenerative braking.
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Wow, I've been driving the US 2.0L Focus as a rental for two weeks and I'm getting 31.5mpg US. How does the 1.0 Focus manage to do worse?
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is a handy shape for parallel parking in Europe's crowded city streets. The relatively poor aerodynamics are of less importance than in places like the US as less time is spent by most at high speed on the highway. The shape is also ideal for electric, LPG and so on versions.
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      It reminds me of the Toyota RAV4 before it got bloated. I love it.
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cute, but does the world really need anymore CUVs?
      Steven W. Diffy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like this!!!
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is smaller than the Tiguan? Wow. Tiguan isn't big to begin with, this must be tiny. It does look good though.
      Scooter
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks pretty awesome. Engine sounds pretty weak, but I love the exterior design.
      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      am not liking VW design language, it seems to be all over them map with every single car........and the LED lights that follow the grille lines are so tacky.....fail
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not green.
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