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Volkswagen Taigun concept updated for Auto Expo in India

February 6, 2014

Volkswagen has unveiled an updated version of the cute little Taigun compact SUV concept at the Auto Expo in India. It now features a tailgate-mounted spare wheel and an updated rear end.

2014 Volkswagen Taigun concept

The Taigun concept was created to preview a possible production vehicle for the future. More and more carmakers are bringing out ultra-compact SUVs, and Volkswagen is tipped to follow suit in the next couple of years. As an example, Fiat is planning a ‘500X’ off-roader based on the 500 and Audi is planning a Q1 based on the A1 hatch.

Highlights for the Taigun include an overall length of just 3859mm with a wheelbase of 2470mm. With short front and rear overhangs, the layout provides enough cabin space for five and a 280-litre boot.

2014 Volkswagen Taigun concept-rear window

In the engine bay sits a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine producing 81kW of power and 175Nm of torque. It’s capable of propelling the little all-terrain beast from 0-100km/h in 9.2 seconds, and it consumes an average of 4.7L/100km.

Volkswagen is using the new concept and the Auto Expo in New Delhi to gauge the public’s reaction before it considers hitting the final green light on a production version.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.