Mike Stevens | Oct 23, 2012

Volkswagen's new Taigun concept is no typo, but it could just be a preview of a new sub-Tiguan compact SUV.

Revealed at this week's Sao Paulo Moto Show, the Taigun is built on the same New Small Family platform that underpins the lilliputian Up city car - and it's not a great deal bigger.

Measuring 3859mm long and 1728mm wide, with a 2470mm wheelbase, the Taigun is 300mm longer than the Up, but less than 100mm wider and rides on a wheelbase only 50mm longer.

Those dimensions mean the Taigun is also a good bit smaller than the 4125mm-long Australia-bound Nissan Juke and Holden's upcoming Trax, at 4258mm.

Despite its larger footprint, Volkswagen says the Taigun weighs just 985kg, giving away just 56kg to the smaller Up five-door.

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The cabin offers room for four, but rear cargo storage is listed at a relatively capacious 280 litres with the back seats up, and 987 litres when folded flat.

In concept form, the heftier Taigun is powered by an 80kW and 175Nm version of the Up's 1.0 litre three-cylinder engine - likely the same engine driving the Up GT concept.

The little engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, sending power to the front wheels only. (This is no weekend warrior.)

Will they build it?

Volkswagen has yet to confirm a production debut for the Taigun, but the carmaker is known to be considering a new compact crossover to enter below the small Tiguan SUV.

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