Reports are indicating that Volkswagen will put the 2012 Up!-based Taigun SUV into production. The new small SUV is expected to go on sale at the end of the decade (2020) and will likely be called the T-Track.
Back in 2012, Volkswagen showcased a Taigun SUV design study at the Sao Paulo Motor Show and now reports are suggesting that the Up!-based SUV will go into production carrying the T-Track moniker. The T-Track will join new SUV models such as the forthcoming Golf-based T-Roc SUV and the Polo-based T-Cross.
The model is destined for the Brazilian market to rival the likes of the Dacia Duster and Ford Ecosport. It’s unclear at this stage whether the T-Track will be offered in other markets or if it will make it to South African shores.
The Volkswagen T-Track is a small Up!-based SUV that will share design cues from the 2012 Taigun concept.
The delayed decision to produce the T-Track is because it’s expensive to produce as the model doesn’t share many parts with other vehicles in Volkswagen’s stable.
To give you an idea of the T-Track’s likely dimensions, the Taigun SUV concept measures 3 859 mm long, 1 728 mm wide and 1 570 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2 470 mm. The concept is some 50 mm longer than the Up! City on which it is based.
The Taigun concept has seating for 4 people and the luggage bay offers 280 litres of space, expanding to 987 litres with the rear seats folded down.
As an SUV that will primarily be used in the city, the Volkswagen T-Track will likely be powered by a small-capacity, turbocharged 1.0-litre engine with power being sent to the front wheels.
We will keep you updated as more details become available.