Volkswagen unveiled the Taigun concept (pictured here) at the 2012 São Paulo International Motor Show and announced that it previews a new small family SUV. Now, it has been rumored that a production Taigun will arrive sometime in 2016 at a starting price of €15,000 - around $20,000 at the current exchange rates.
The production version will be based on either the Golf or Up! platform and will sit below the Tiguan. However, German magazine Autobild reports that Volkswagen will likely opt for the latest version, because itis rumored that the VW plans an SUV based on the Polo platform and priced at about €20,000 (around $26,500).
The production Taigun will measure about 3.86 meters (151.96 inches) long, which is about 32 inches longer than the Up! and 11 inches shorter than Polo.
Under the hood, Volkswagen will place a new family of four-cylinder engines, with displacement up to 2.0 liters. We also believe that the company will offer a four-wheel version, while front-wheel drive will be offered as standard.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2012 Volkswagen Taigun.
The new Taigun concept was unveiled at the 2012 São Paulo International Motor Show and comes with a design language inspired by the rest of the Volkswagen lineup. The concept gets a double-split front grille, sharp headlights and a 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 205/50R17 tires.
The Taigun concept is powered by a 1.0-liter TSI engine that delivers a total of 110 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. With a total weight of 2,171 pounds, the concept will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 115 mph, all while delivering a fuel economy of 52 mpg.
gallery: Volkswagen Taigun
The Countryman was added to Mini’s lineup at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. It is basically a standard Cooper with an increased ride height and dimensions.
This compact SUV is offered with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine delivering a total of 122 horsepower in the base version and 184 horsepower in the S version, thanks to a turbocharger.
gallery: Mini Countryman
The Nissan Juke made its world debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and, despite its bulk exterior look, it became quite a successful model.
On the U.S. market, the model is offered in three trim levels, each powered by a turbocharged MR16DDT complete with technologies like direct injection to deliver a total of 190 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.
The model is priced from $18,960.