First shown at the Sao Paolo Motor Show in 2012 and later poised for production in 2016, it seems that plans for the Volkswagen Taigun SUV have been canned. German publication, Focus, revealed the news but didn’t reveal a source for its information.

Volkswagen’s B-segment SUV concept was an attempt for the brand to join the rapidly-growing segment. Models like the Ford EcoSport, Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V and Renault Captur have all capitalised on the increasing demand for B-segment-based SUVs.

It was reported that Volkswagen’s reason for killing the Taigun’s production is because the model was simply too small. The four-seater concept is powered by a 1.0 litre three-cylinder TSI engine which delivers 110 PS and 175 Nm — a fit competitor for Ford’s 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine, with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.7 litre per 100 km.

However, the news doesn’t entirely rule Volkswagen out from the B-segment SUV category. It is believed that the car maker does still have plans for a model that would be based on its current Polo. Several reports even suggest that a concept for this could appear as soon as the coming Geneva Motor Show in March.