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Volkswagen presents advanced version of near-production Taigun SUV in India; 3-cylinder turbo direct injection 1.0L engine

At the Auto Expo 2014 in New Delhi, Volkswagen is presenting an advanced version of the near-production concept of the Taigun SUV. (Earlier post.) The four-seat Taigun is powered by a three-cylinder 1.0-liter TSI engine (turbocharged, direct injection gasoline engine) with 81 kW / 109 hp from 5,000 rpm.

Average fuel consumption is 4.7 l/100km (50 mpg US), or around 110 g/km CO2. With a fuel tank capacity of 50 liters (13.2 gallons), this enables a range of around 1,000 kilometers (621 miles).

Taigun SUV. Click to enlarge.

The engine offers high torque at low engine revs: 175 N·m (129 lb-ft) from 1,500/min. The concept vehicle (weight: 998 kg / 2,200 lbs) accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds with the new engine. Top speed is 186 km/h (116 mph). The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Compared to the first conceptual design presented in São Paulo, Brazil in 2012, the new sport utility vehicle features a new rear section with outside-mounted spare wheel—a redesign driven by customer input.

The newly designed rear section of the Taigun presented in India is characterized by an outside-mounted spare wheel. When the trunk lid is opened, the wheel swings out with the lid; the trunk lid is hinged on the driver’s side. The rear window, with roof spoiler integrated above it, opens separately upwards. As well as at the front, the concept car has a rugged metal underbody protection panel at the rear.



A 50+ mpg smaller SUV will attract many buyers.

However, isn't that what a Prius III does and a Prius IV will do better?


Harvey, if you look closely you will see that they are different shapes!


The short wheel base Prius IV with rounded corners will look much the same. Style is often copied!

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