Sao Paulo 2012: VW to showcase Taigun SUV concept

Sao Paulo 2012: VW to showcase Taigun SUV concept image

Text: / Photos: Volkswagen Press | posted October 23, 2012 13:36

Possibility of production depends greatly on market feedback

Volkswagen’s latest concept car, the Taigun, will be unveiled at the Sao Paulo motor show tomorrow. As hinted on several reports regarding the possibility of two new SUVs from Volkswagen and our recent news on their plans to produce inexpensive cars, the Taigun will serve as a preview of a small SUV based on the company's New Small Family platform, which underpins the award-winning up!.


Just like the up!, the Taigun is small on the outside but big on the inside measuring at 3.86 meters long and 1.73 meters wide and a generous 2.47 meter 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-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 110 PS at 5,000 rpm and pushing 175 Nm of torque through the six-speed manual gearbox. 

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. 


The interior of the Taigun is simple and spacious with controls pared back to a minimum. Above this are mounted auxiliary instrument gauges that display oil pressure, coolant temperature and turbo charger pressure.

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


Thomas Schmall, President and CEO von Volkswagen do Brasil, together with Brazilian national player and superstar Neymar, revealed the new Gol in a world premiere. The Gol, of which over seven million units have been produced, has been the undisputed best-selling car in Brazil for the past 25 years.