Volkswagen

Volkswagen has unveiled a revised version of its baby SUV Taigun concept at the recent Auto Expo in New Delhi.

The car was previously met with a positive reception at the Sao Paulo motor show in Brazil last year but the German marque has listened to feedback and tweaked the design to make it even more appealing.

The Taigun is likely to dominate in the emerging markets and the inclusion of a rear-door-mounted spare wheel and tiny 1.0-litre turbocharged engine highlight this fact further.

Feedback from the Brazilian crowd revealed that customers wanted fast access to a spare wheel without having to empty the contents of the boot and an efficient engine that can provide an impressive range without costing the earth.

Measuring 3859mm long, the Taigun sits around 250mm shorter than the Nissan Juke but is slightly bigger than the VW Up, from which many of its parts are borrowed.

The 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine is also interesting as the 109bhp unit will likely feature in both the face lifted VW Polo and a 'performance' version of the Up, likely to be badged the Up GT.

Volkswagen claims that the Taigun is "designed for the urban jungle" and can handle off-road situations thanks to its raised ride height and torque-y engine but there is no word on whether a 4x4 version will be offered alongside the standard front-wheel-drive setup.

The interior borrows many elements from the current Up, including the instrument panels but the Taigun gets a TFT display on the central infotainment system and plush air vents that incorporate controls.

It is likely the emerging markets will see a Taigun in VW showrooms sometime soon but whether or not a version makes it to Europe is yet to be seen.