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Volkswagen ‘Taigun’ shown in Brazil
This is the Volkswagen Taigun, and you don’t need a degree in English to decipher that name: it’s an anagram of Tiguan.
It’s been unveiled at the Sao Paulo motor show, previewing - what Volkswagen reckons - the look of a possible small SUV based on the ‘New Small Family’ platform. Confused? The platform’s shared with the Up, of which this Taigun is a stretched version of. So it should be pretty handy.
The Taigun measures just 3.86m in length and 1.73m in width, with short overhangs and a 1.0-litre, three-pot turbo producing 107bhp and 129lb ft of torque, all pushed through a six-speed manual gearbox. 0-62mph takes 9.2 seconds - quicker than a Polo 1.2 TSI - while the mini SUV will top out at 115mph.Oh, and because that engine is tiny and the SUV weighs hardly anything - just 985kg - Volkswagen reckons it’ll return 60.1mpg.
And is it just us or does the Taigun exude a Dancia Sandero-ish charm? It’s all a bit boxy and funky, helped by those 17in wheels, LED spotlights and high ground clearance. There’s 280-litres worth of boot space - rising to 987 with the rear seats folded down - which should ensure your gargantuan cheese transporting requirements are fully met.
VW has kept the interior simple, while a central infotainment system pairs with most smartphones - fruit-based or otherwise - together with a set of gauges to make sure the engine isn’t about to explode.
Have a click through the pictures and see what you think - VW will assess public reaction on the Taigun before making a decision on any future production. So comment carefully, Internet. VW is watching, listening…