A while ago Volkswagen released the first pictures of Taigun, a concept crossover aimed at booming markets. Then, the Taigun was just a concept but not anymore. The German major has debuted the near production model of the Taigun compact SUV at the ongoing Auto Expo in New Delhi, India. Compared to the first concept presented in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Taigun has come a long way in terms of design and practicality.
In terms of size, the Taigun is 3,859 mm long (3,995 mm with real mounted spare wheel), 1,728 mm wide, 1,570 mm tall (1,605 mm with roof rails) and features a 2,470 mm long wheelbase.
The model showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo is powered by a new 1.0-litre TSI engine that features direct injection petrol engine and turbocharging technologies. It can produce up to 81 kW / 110 PS at 5000 rpm and peak torque of 175 Nm available from 1500 rpm. It consumes 4.7 liters of fuel per 100 km, giving it an impressive full-tank range of 1000 km. With a weight of 998 kg, the Taigun can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 9.2 seconds and achieves a top speed of 186 km/h. The engine is mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox.
As for the design, the Taigun looks modern yet capable enough. Exterior highlights of the Taigun include short front and rear overhangs, good approach angles, roof rails with integrated LED spotlights, LED daytime running lights around the grille, a unique “Ultra Orange” exterior paint, tail light integrated boot lid handle, metal underbody protection panel, grille integrated headlights, strong horizontal body lines, and more.
The designers did work equally hard on the interior as well. That is why the Taigun features honeycomb structure beige seat covers with orange piping, a practical controls layout, faux leather side supports, sporty black grain finished lower dashboard sections, upper dashboard sections finished in metallic beige, anodised aluminium inserts, 996 liters of boot space with the rear bench folded down, Taigun Infotainment App, a radio-navigation system, and much more.