Following its first public debut last year at the Sao Paolo Motor Show in Brazil, a new and improved version of the Volkswagen Taigun comes to the Delhi Auto Expo in India previewing a future production model. The main difference between this and the Sao Paolo concept is that it features a new rear section with outside-mounted spare wheel.
Sounds trivial, but this, apparently, is exactly what people wanted form Volkswagen. VW says they analyzed the feedback, and the public’s main concern about the Taigun – and cars of this type in general – was fast access to the spare wheel without having to empty the boot first. The new concept addresses this issue.
The rest of the car is pretty much the same as before. Volkswagen Taigun is a compact crossover vehicle with a wheelbase of 2,470 mm, powered by an ultra-efficient 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder engine with 110 PS and 175 Nm of torque. It averages 4.7 l/100km, which means with a full 50-lite tank, you can cover a distance of over 1000 km.
Even though the Taigun is fairly light (998 kg), the performance is not what you call satisfying, what with a 0 to 100 km/h time of 9.2 seconds, and a top speed of 186 km/h. Designed for the “urban jungle”, Volkswagen Taigun is rather practical for its size, boasting 280 liters of boot space which can be increased to 996 liters once you fold the rear seats.