Volkswagen's Taigun concept has been confirmed for a 2016 production debut, according to new reports.
According to Autoweek, insider sources have confirmed that Volkswagen finalised the compact SUV's production schedule this week.
The report follows the surfacing of patent images that reveal a more production-styled version of the crossover.
And, while an official announcement has yet to come, Volkswagen has released new on-road photos of the Taigun, adding credence to this week's reports.
Unveiled at October's Sao Paulo Motor Show, the Taigun revealed a first look at a new small SUV to to sit below the small Tiguan.
The new patent images, obtained by Chinese website auto.sohu.com, suggest that much of the concept's new styling will carry over into production.
While the SUV's imposing guards have been slimmed down, the production Taigun will wear the same basic front and rear-end styling seen with the concept.
Built on the same NSF platform that underpins the tiny Up! hatch, the Taigun measures 3859mm long and 1728mm wide, with a 2470mm wheelbase.
Those dimensions make the Taigun concept 300mm longer than the Up, but less than 100mm wider, while riding on a wheelbase only 50mm longer.
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.)
Watch for production details and launch timing to surface in the coming months.
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