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Sub-compact SUV concept is based on the Volkswagen Up!

Called the Taigun, VW's latest concept car was unveiled at the São Paulo motor show

Published: October 24, 2012, 7:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:57 PM

Volkswagen Taigun concept -front 3/4 view

Volkswagen says its latest concept car, called the Taigun, previews the look of a possible small SUV based on its New Small Family platform, which is the basis for the Up! – the 2012 World Car of the Year.

The Taigun was unveiled today at the São Paulo motor show in Brazil. Like the Up!, the Taigun is small on the outside and big on the inside, as a result of a long wheelbase, relative to its overall length, and short overhangs.

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Visually, it's clearly spawned from Volkswagen DNA. VW says it is deliberately styled to emulate the look of its SUV siblings, the Tiguan and Touareg,

The four-seat Taigun is powered by a new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine rated at about 108 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque, driving the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.

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