Report – Volkswagen axes planned production version of Taigun concept image

Apparently the German brand has decided to forego the initial plans to deliver a series production version of the Taigun concept – the official reason being the smallish dimensions.

The prototype, which looks like a carefully modified Dacia Duster in our opinion (we’re talking about the front end and one of the most accessible small SUVs on the planet) – but would have brought a much needed design pace change inside the roster, is apparently becoming a thing of the past. Stuck in “development hell” for years with rumors on and off about its production version, it appears Volkswagen has come to a final conclusion – and that might have to do with the billions it has to pay from the Dieselgate scandal and its intention to eschew any non-crucial model. Most recent reports agree the project has been terminated but the reasons differ – financial woes in South American countries where it should have been a success and most recently the fact that its sub-compact dimensions have been deemed too small.

The model was first presented during the 2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show and featured a 1.0-liter TSI turbocharged petrol engine, delivering 110 horsepower (81 kW) and 129 pound-feet of torque. The fans should not be saddened as the carmaker is allegedly delivering a Polo-based SUV that should reach dealerships around 2018 – and the preview is tipped for this March during the Geneva Motor Show. The showcased prototype should be called T-Cross, ride on the MQB platform and sport dimensions that would set it inside the segment where the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur reside, among others.