VW Taigun Concept

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At the 2012 São Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil, Volkswagen has presented the concept of a newly developed SUV in compact format in a world premiere: the Volkswagen Taigun Concept.
VW Taigun Concept

Technically, the Volkswagen Taigun Concept resembles the very contemporary New Small Family by Volkswagen, which it would round out in an upward direction if it were to be produced. The concept’s exterior look follows the very concise and clear Volkswagen design DNA. This gives the Sport Utility Vehicle a sophisticated and powerful appearance. The VW Taigun is 3,859 mm long, 1,728 mm wide and 1,570 mm tall. Between the front and rear bumpers, the vehicle sports a wheelbase of 2,470 mm, which is large in relation to its exterior length. The results: short overhangs and appealing proportions.

Front design

The four-seat concept car is powered by a new 1.0-litre TSI engine with 80hp. The Volkswagen Taigun Concept engine extends the range of the three-cylinder petrol engines by adding direct fuel injection plus turbocharging technology, which opens a new chapter in downsizing strategy at Volkswagen. The engine delivers a high torque of 175 Nm. The lightweight concept car, weighing 985 kg, has a top speed of 186 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds; its combined fuel consumption is about four and one-half litres of fuel per 100 km.

Enough room for five
The Volkswagen Taigun Concept, which is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels. They provide adequate handling on off-road terrain together with the cars high engine torque and high ground clearance. Also providing a plus in active safety is the ESC electronic stabilisation programme. The styling of the concept car, which is painted in “Seaside Blue”, lives up to its sophisticated technological concept. The Taigun has an exterior look that is independent, confident and very logical and clean. In a side view, the flared wings catch the eye; their powerful form is smoothly integrated into the side section and extends into the doors.

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Cockpit

The front and rear sections of the concept car are visually joined by a precisely sculpted character line beneath the side windows.  In the lower body area, the rugged side trim panels are appealing; they cover the side sills, wheel arches and lower sections of the bumpers. The vehicle’s short overhangs are advantageous both visually and for space utilisation; in front the overhang is just 708 mm, and at the rear 681 mm.

Lovely interior

Last but not least, practical roof rails with integrated LED spotlights upgrade the vehicle’s profile. Like the Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg SUVs, the Taigun also exhibits lines that are dominated by horizontal design elements in front. A metal underbody protection panel was designed into the bumper. This was also done at the rear bumper. Overall, horizontal lines also define the styling at the rear section. The tailgate of the concept is designed in two-part construction. 

Off road suspension
As on the exterior, the designers developed a look for the interior that reflects, in its clarity, the spirit of the times in our urban world. Those with an affinity for the latest smart phones or tablet computers will also like the interior design, the feel of its surfaces and the layout of controls in the Taigun Concept. The SUV is also a prime example of optimal space utilisation. The tailgate encloses a 280 litre bootspace; when the rear bench seat is folded down, cargo capacity increases to 987 litres. The operation of all interior functional elements is intuitive.

Side profile

Furthermore, the clean design, many storage surfaces and exceptionally good space conditions generate a very positive spacious feeling. Meanwhile, the youthful colour and material combinations highlight the offroad character of the Volkswagen Taigun Concept. Similarly, the concept development team designed individual solutions for user controls in the SUV as well. They include dials in the air nozzles on the dashboard, which for the first time can be used to control the temperature and blower speed and read their settings.

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