Wednesday 5 February 2014

Taigun extends VW’s downsizing

Volkswagen has just launched an advanced version of the near-production concept of the Taigun sports utility vehicle (SUV).

The four-seat Taigun is powered by a new 1.0-litre turbocharged, direct injection gasoline TSI engine with an output of 81 kW (110 PS) at 5,000 rev/min.

Average fuel consumption is just 4.7 l/100km (110 g/km CO2). This enables a range of around 1,000 kilometres with a fuel tank capacity of 50 litres.

The direct-injection turbocharged engine of the Taigun extends the range of the three-cylinder petrol engines based on the EA211 engine series by adding a configuration with direct fuel injection plus turbocharging technology, thus opening a new chapter in Volkswagen’s downsizing strategy.

The engine is fuel efficient and offers high torque at low engine revs (175 Nm from 1,500/min). The concept vehicle (weighing 998 kg) accelerates to 100 km/h in just 9.2s with the new engine.

On German Autobahns, which are without upper speed limits, the Taigun has a claimed top speed of 186 km/h. The engine is combined with a six-speed manual gearbox.

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