February 5, 2014 The German automobile manufacturer launched the Volkswagen Taigun, a compact SUV at the auto expo. It is based on the new small family platform structure, PQ12. With four meter length, this unit is to be assembled at the Volkswagen’s manufacturing facility in Pune. With spacious and decently luxurious interiors, it sports a 1.2 litre engine producing a maximum output of 74bhp. The model unveiled at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo is of orange shade and it had been first launched at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in 2012. Its direct competitors are Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster.
Considering the increasing popularity of the compact SUV models in the market, every next auto major is high on launching new models lined up in the same segment. Talking about the level of competition existing, few major names like Renault, Ford and Mahindra seem to put direct competition to each other. One of the fastest growing segment has delivered few marvelous compact SUV models in the market. If it has been proved as such a profitable venture for the other brands, Volkswagen can't lag behind with its business. So, the company has unveiled its own contender in the compact SUV segment. This particular Volkswagen product has been named as Taigun, which has even been showcased at the Sao Paulo Auto Show, which was held in year 2012. The vehicle was unveiled as the Volkswagen concept at the motor show, and had received many accolades for the same. Looking at the exterior front of this compact SUV, the clean and concise look of the model comes out clearly. Without compromising over the muscular appeal, which is quite usual with this segment vehicles, the Taigun features an overall length of about 3859mm, 1728mm of total width and an overall height of 1570mm, which seems quite good for this segment. To pump up the aggressive appeal of the vehicle, Taigun has been made with a wheelbase of 2.47meters, which is certainly not usual with other branded models in the segment. This has even resulted into offering spacious and full of comfort interiors for all the occupants. It can be said that Volkswagen has put in all its efforts, and with some smart techniques has developed a vehicle, which serves all the needs and leaves no chance to complain. The most striking element of this compact SUV is certainly its overall design and styling. The clear proportions and the compact look makes this vehicle most suitable for the lucrative Indian market.
Moving to the engine specifications, this Volkswagen Taigun compact SUV is expected to be powered with a 1.2-litre, four cylinder turbocharged stratified injection based petrol engine, which is capable to produce a good torque as well as power output. The engine is expected to be mated with six speed manual or a DSG (direct shift) gearbox, which allows a breathtaking ride through this new vehicle under the brand name Volkswagen. The other element that contributes to the suitability of the vehicle is the mileage figure, which is being assumed to be quite good. The diesel mill is also expected to be a 1.2-litre power plant that can churn out 74bhp. The newly introduced Taigun has carried forward the styling details from its SUV siblings, the Tiguan and Touareg. And this is quite evident looking at the side panels, underbody protection and roof rails with LED spotlights incorporated in the design of new Taigun. The powerful road presence of the vehicle is developed mainly due to the presence of wider tracks (1473mm at both front and rear), while the side profile is defined with the 17-inch alloy wheels with 205/50 R17 tyres. To make it sail smooth even on rough surfaces, the company has come up with a high ground clearance and pounding torque generation enables an effortless ride on any road condition. The new Taigun has been developed with an intention to make the vehicle more of an upmarket SUV specifically targeting the urban crowd, while with the high driving position it enables a clear view to the driver even in heavy traffic condition. Moreover, the SUV also bounds a lot of space and plenty of room for luggage ( 280 liters and expandable with rear seat folding to 987 liters). The tailgate has been designed with a split over it i.e. Two thirds gets open in the upward direction and rest downward, which makes the loading very easy.
The headroom of 1036mm in the front and 980mm at the rear end makes it easy for nearly 4-5 passengers to seat comfortably in the vehicle. Meanwhile the infotainment system of the vehicle is compatible to almost every smartphone and it also provides an intuitive interface to the users. This compact SUV certainly seems promising mainly with its compact structure, which makes it easy to sail even in heavy traffic conditions.
The concept version of this Volkswagen Taigun went on to be the show stopper at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. This compact SUV that comes with a neat body design along with an aggressive frontage and a decent rear profile. The company has blessed this sub-4-meter SUV with some of the most attractive cosmetics that makes it look dynamic in comparison to any other vehicle of its class. The front profile of this concept version is fitted with a sleekly designed radiator grille that has chrome plated slats along with the company logo in the center. The headlight cluster is equipped with high intensity LED lights, but the production version might get a different light setup. The bumper comes with dual tone color scheme and fitted with the silver coated protective cladding. The bonnet has two expressive lines that compliments the chrome plated front grille. Unlike the conventional SUVs, this concept version has been displayed with roof mounted LED spotlights, which gives it a magnificent look. The side profile of this compact SUV looks very rugged with muscular wheel arches and protective side moldings. The wheel arches of this sub-4-meter SUV comes fitted with a trendy set of 17-inch alloy wheels. Here the door handles and the external mirror caps have been painted with body color while the B pillars and window sills have been garnished in black. The rugged appeal of the side profile is further enhanced by the silver garnished roof rails. The rear end of this compact SUV looks very simple with large windscreen, rectangular taillight cluster and rugged bumper. The rear bumper comes with an inbuilt exhaust console and fitted with an aluminum protective cladding. We can expect that the actual production version will look a little different from this concept version but its entire body structure will remain to be the same.
According to the information revealed by the company, this utility vehicle comes with a total length of 3859mm, 1728mm of overall width and 1605mm of impressive height (including roof rails), which is rather good. On the other hand, it has a long wheelbase of 2470mm, which will provide better leg space inside the cabin for the occupants.
The interior section of this concept SUV is said to have a two tone beige and black color scheme that provides a bright ambiance. The company has stated that the interiors of this vehicle will be equipped with a number of advanced functions. It also said that the seats will be covered with premium quality beige color upholstery that features a honeycomb structure. In addition to these, the door pads with armrests will be covered with faux leather upholstery. The space inside the cabin is huge with ample leg and shoulder space. Its headroom in the front cabin is measured at 1036mm, while the rear is calculated at 980mm. The cockpit section is fitted with sleekly crafted dashboard that has AC vents, instrumentation panel and other sophisticated equipments. The information released by the company also states that this vehicle will come with an advanced infotainment system that provides connectivity for all portable USB devices along with smart phones.
We can expect that this compact SUV will arrive with some innovative and advanced comfort features. The company will offer this sub-4-meter vehicle with features including an air conditioning system with heater, a power steering system with tilt function, power windows with one touch operation, electrically adjustable and foldable outside mirrors, leather wrapped steering wheel, an advanced infotainment system with Radio, CD/MP3 player, Smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth audio streaming and lots of other advanced features. Apart from these, we can expect other utility features such as accessory power socket, storage compartment, bottle and cup holders, foldable rear seats, height adjustable driver seat and other advanced important features. The company is also offering this model with three auxiliary instruments such as oil pressure, coolant temperature and charge pressure.
The company claims that the interiors of this Volkswagen Taigun are spacious with greater head room. Its cockpit section comes with 1036mm of head space, while its rear cabin comes with 980mm, which is rather good. On the other hand, it is blessed with a roomy 280 litre boot compartment, which can be extended to 996 litres by folding the rear bench seats.
This yet to be launched compact SUV will be introduced with a 3-cylinder based 1.0-litre turbo charged petrol power plant with a direct fuel injection system. The company has made this motor on the EA211 engine platform. It has the ability to churn out a maximum power of about 108.5bhp at 5000rpm, while generating 175Nm of peak torque output at just 1750rpm. High torque output at low engine RPM makes it ideal for city maneuvering and offers an exceptional driving dynamics. The company has coupled this sophisticated engine with a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox that distributes the torque output to the front wheels. It takes only about 9.2 seconds for the vehicle to reach the 100 Kmph speed mark and it can go up to a top speed of 185 Kmph, which is quite good.
The company has revealed some details about the technicalities of this compact SUV. It is expected to be powered by a 1.0-litre engine based on the advanced EA211 series. As per the details, this three cylinder engine can churn out a maximum power of about 108.5Bhp in combination with a decent 175Nm of peak torque output, which is incredible.
The company has unveiled this concept version with a Turbocharged Stratified Injection based petrol engine, which is quite good in terms of acceleration and pickup. This vehicle is learned to have the ability to attain a top speed of about 186 Kmph. On the other hand, the company claims that the vehicle can breach the 100 Kmph mark in about 9.2 to 9.3 seconds that explains about the power and caliber of the motor.
This classy Volkswagen Taigun SUV will be equipped with a powerful 1.0-litre TSI petrol power plant, which is said to be the most fuel efficient in its class. The manufacturer claims that this engine comes with an ability to give away 21.27 Kmpl of mileage, which is quite remarkable for a compact SUV.
This Volkswagen Taigun is still under the designing stage and it is expected to go under production next fiscal year. It is too early to say anything about the installation of accessories and add-ons to this vehicle. However, individuals can look out for stylish body graphics, leather interiors, and other exterior cosmetics that gives it a rugged look.
The company in its official disclosure has stated that this upcoming compact SUV will utilize high performance disc brakes fitted to the front and rear wheels. It also comes with an electronic stabilization program that significantly reduces the skidding of vehicle when brakes are applied with full force. On the other hand, it is very simple to handle this SUV thanks to the highly responsive power assisted steering with speed related function that provides exceptional assistance, while parking and provides crisp steering feel at high speed levels.
It is speculated that the manufacturer will assemble the front axle of this SUV with McPherson Strut type of suspension system, while equipping its rear axle with Torsion Beam type of system along with coil springs and stabilizer bars. As far as the safety aspects are concerned, this model is expected to get some of the advanced protective aspects like air bags, side impact protection, ABS with EBD, seat belts, engine immobilizer, central locking system and other such functions.
This yet to be launched sub-4-meter vehicle is going to be offered with a contemporary design 17-inch alloy wheels. These wheels will be covered with a set of performance oriented tubeless radial tyres of size 205/50 R17 that enables it to deal with rugged roads and terrains.
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