Volkswagen may be entering the compact SUV market with the Taigun, a chunky -ooking concept that will square up against the Nissan Juke and Vauxhall’s forthcoming Mokka. The Taigun, which was shown off at the Sao Paolo motor show, is currently just a concept. However given the success of smaller SUVs, we wouldn’t be surprised if it joined VW’s larger Tiguan and Tuareg in the real world.
Built on the ‘New Small Family’ platform, the Taigun boasts five doors and is 319mm longer, 83mm wider and 81mm taller than its hatchback cousin. This gives it the luxury of a 280-litre boot, which becomes 987-litres when you fold the seats down.
Although less able to slice through the air with its more boxy physique, the larger Taigun is only 40kg heavier than the current Up! model, so economy is fairly decent. According to VW, the Taigun will feature the same turbo-charged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine seen in the Up! GT concept, giving it an mpg figure of 60.1 and CO2 emissions of 110g/km.
The little 1.0-litre may not be as powerful or as frugal as the 1.4TSi found in the recently unveiled VW Polo BlueGT, but its 9.2-second 0-60mph time and 116mph top speed are far from glacial.
The Taigun has a few subtle design nods to the Up!, but the Taigun has beefy ‘I can drive over anything’ aesthetic, twin-exhausts, boxy wheel arches and metal scuff plates all adding to to the look. Don’t expect it to go off road, however – this is a car designed for urban environments at best and small hillocks at worst.
Volkswagen will be monitoring public reaction to the Taigun before deciding whether to put it into production. So, if you like it, scream it from the rafters and maybe we’ll see the thing pottering around our streets sometime soon.