Volkswagen shows off mini SUV concept

VW Taigun
Volkswagen has previewed what a small SUV based on its Up city car could like in the future.

Unveiled yesterday at the Sao Paulo motor show, the Volkswagen Taigun is just 3.86 metres long and 1.73 metres wide. It's a bold statement disproving the notion that SUVs need to be big.
It's based on the little Up city car, but has a 50mm longer wheelbase. Short overhangs and a tall stance belie the car's diminutive underpinnings.

Inside there's room for five and the boot measures 280-litres, growing to 987-litres with the rear seats folded. The dashboard features clever air vents which control the blower speed and the temperature, and an integrated infotainment system poached from the Up.

It's easy to see where the concept has got its looks from. The body features styling cues from the larger Tiguan and Touareg models, while practical features often seen on premium 4x4s such as a drop-down tailgate and an independently-opening rear window, are also present.

The Taigun is powered by an efficient 1.0-litre petrol engine. It has already made its appearance in the GT Up concept and packs 109bhp, while returning 60.1mpg and emitting 110g/km of CO2.

Despite its rugged appearance, though, the Taigun is not four-wheel-drive. The German firm has stuck to a front-wheel-drive layout with a six-speed gearbox.

It looks pretty production ready to us. Should it go into production, it'll be available in many markets around the world with a likely starting price of £12,000.


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