This is the Volkswagen Taigun Concept, and if it looks familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it before. First shown at Sao Paulo in October 2012, VW has further developed its B-segment SUV concept, wheeling it out for all to see at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo.
Wolfsburg says that the latest Taigun’s defining characteristics are its compact dimensions, spacious interior, an efficient high-tech engine and the exterior-mounted spare wheel.
The latter, which follows the Ford Ecosport, is new, while trim parts have been added to the side sills, wheel arches and bumpers to emphasise the SUV’s rugged character. LED spotlights on the roof rails add to the ‘adventure’ feel. Inside, the original blue theme has been replaced with orange highlights and matte anodised aluminium accents.
The four-seater is powered by a new 1.0 litre TSI engine with 110 PS and 175 Nm from 1,500 rpm. The downsized three-cylinder turbo engine is good for combined fuel consumption of 4.7 litres per 100 km and 110 g/km of CO2 emissions. Sounds like a good rival to Ford’s award-winning 1.0L Ecoboost, which we’ll get this year in the Fiesta.
With the amount of effort put into the Taigun, you can be sure that this concept is heading to production – we’ve already heard that it will debut in 2016. In any case, VW is already late to the B-segment SUV party, which has the Ford Ecosport, Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur, Opel/Vauxhall Mokka and pioneer Nissan Juke. Honda recently invited itself with the Vezel, which debut at last year’s Tokyo show.