VW updates Taigun SUV concept

VW\'s tiny Taigun SUV is one step closer to production.

Volkswagen has unveiled an updated version of its sub-compact Taigun SUV concept at the New Delhi Motor Show.

The original Taigun concept debut in Brazil in 2012. Since then, VW has been tinkering with the tiny soft-roader, with the biggest change being the placement of the spare tire on the vehicle's back door to provide more interior space.

It's possible that the Taigun could go on sale in Europe, Latin America and Asia as soon as this year.

Based on a modified Volkswagen up! platform, the front-wheel drive-only Taigun concept utilizes a 110-horsepower 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine equipped with a turbocharger and direct fuel injection. Although somewhat meager on the power front, the Taigun weighs in at just 2,200 pounds, meaning the little SUV can scoot from 0-62 in a respectable 9.2 seconds. The Taigun tops out at 115mph.

VW says the 1.0L engine returns 50mpg on the European cycle.

The Taigun stretches 151.9-inches in length, or about 7-inches shorter than a Chevy Sonic.

In Europe, the Taigun will also get a two-cylinder turbodiesel. With a displacement of less than a liter, the two-cylinder will be closely related to the engine that powers the XL1.

Volkswagen says it has no plans to market the Taigun in the United States market.

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