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Volkswagen have revealed the Taigun SUV concept car at the 2012 Sao Paulo motor show
posted on Oct 23 2012 by Sam Jones
Volkswagen have revealed the compact four-seat Taigun SUV concept car, a similar size to the Polo, at this years Sao Paulo motor show.
The probable production version of the Taigun will provide competition for the Nissan Juke, Skoda Yeti and Vauxhall Mokka in the UK market. It could even rival the Fiat Panda 4x4 and Dacia Duster if Volkswagen manage to produce it cheaply enough.
The concept car has a new turbocharged 1.0-litre TSI petrol three-cylinder engine, based on the one used in the VW Up, that produces 109bhp. It is likely the same engine will also be used in the upcoming Up hot hatch, the Up GT. The name Taigun (pronounced tee-gwan) is a blend of words from the German word for Tiger (tiger) and Leguan (iguana).
Influences are evident from other Volkswagens including the Cross Coupe, Tiguan and of course mighty Touareg, and can be seen in the Taigun concept cars styling. However, Volkswagen has said that some of these will not make it into the final production version, such as the split tailgate. The overall interior architecture may remain as it is but the vibrant colour scheme of the interior will most likely be toned down.
No details have been given about how much the Taigun could cost as of yet but Volkswagen have said any production version must remain affordable. We will also have to wait until late 2014 or early 2015 before it potentially goes on sale in the UK. You can see all our car leasing deals on Volkswagens here.